Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
About Dean Benjamin C. Ayers
Ben Ayers is dean of the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. He came to UGA in 1996 and served as director of the college’s highly regarded J.M. Tull School of Accounting for nine years prior to his appointment as dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the college closed a successful capital campaign called Building Terry that raised $121 million to support faculty, programs and facilities.
Dean Ayers has received 11 teaching awards at the school, college and university levels. He was recently recognized as being in the top 5 percent of the most productive accounting researchers over the past 50 years. He has been actively involved in the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association and has received national research awards from both.
Dean Ayers earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in taxation from the University of Alabama, and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for KPMG in Atlanta and Tampa, and Complete Health Inc. in Birmingham.