Dean's Message

Benjamin C. Ayers
Benjamin C. Ayers
Dean and Earl Davis Chair in Taxation
Full Biography

As the first business school in the South, the Terry College of Business is steeped in a tradition of providing cutting-edge business education to its students. Our challenging curriculum, exceptional faculty, and close-knit alumni network ensure that Terry students are prepared to become the next generation of leaders.

Terry believes in nurturing success
As a Top 20 public business school, we believe that hard work creates a culture of success wherein students learn to be leaders. That leadership, in turn, results in more successful careers for our students, more successful businesses in our state and in our country, and greater economic development in our communities.

Terry believes in supporting its faculty
We support our faculty in their teaching and research activities. We believe in recognizing faculty for producing high quality scholarship which improves business processes and fuels firm performance. We also encourage faculty to incorporate innovative pedagogy into their courses so that our students’ curriculum is rigorous, engaging, and prepares our graduates for success when they enter the work force.

Terry believes in developing its students
We work hard to provide students with an education that inspires critical thinking and encourages creative problem solving. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and executive education students – each one of our students is important to us. We offer diverse learning opportunities – including a student-managed investment fund, a sales lab, internships, study abroad programs, certificate programs in entrepreneurship, music business, and leadership development – to prepare our students for the global economy.

Terry believes in making a difference
At Terry, we believe a business education is incomplete if students do not embrace a sense of service and responsibility to their own communities. We take great pride in our efforts to support economic development in the State of Georgia and its role in the global economy. Our Economic Outlook series provides businesses and public officials with current economic data needed to make informed decisions and each year, roughly 3,000 state leaders attend our annual forecast presentations. Our commitment to service can also be seen in our wide array of executive education programs and in the multitude of student course projects and volunteer activities our students perform to better their communities.

Terry believes in building lasting connections with alumni
Terry has a vast network of alumni, over 65,000 strong, who donate their time and resources to this great institution. Our alumni interact with our current students through speaking to classes, working with student clubs, serving as mentors, and providing job hunt assistance. Their most notable commitment to Terry can be seen in our new Business Campus and its first building, Correll Hall, which has been built exclusively with private donations.

Our teaching, our research, and our service all reflect the core values of the Terry College of Business. Come join our future!