Dean Benjamin C. Ayers

Benjamin C. Ayers is Dean of the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and holds the Earl Davis Chair in Taxation. He assumed the deanship in July 2014, having previously served as director of the college’s J.M. Tull School of Accounting for nine years.

Dean Ayers has received eleven teaching awards at the school, college, and university levels, including the prestigious Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award. He is one of only two professors to be awarded both the American Accounting Association’s Competitive Manuscript Award and American Taxation Association’s Outstanding Manuscript Award (twice received) and was recently recognized as being in the top 5% of the most productive accounting researchers over the past fifty years. He has published articles in journals such as the Accounting Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of the American Taxation Association, and National Tax Journal. Dr. Ayers has been actively involved in the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association.

Under his leadership, the Tull School of Accounting’s undergraduate and graduate programs consistently ranked in the top ten among public research institutions and Tull graduates consistently achieved among the highest first-time CPA pass rates for public and private universities.

A certified public accountant in Alabama, Professor Ayers received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and Masters in Taxation from the University of Alabama. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for KPMG in Atlanta and Tampa and Complete Health, Inc. in Birmingham. In 1996, he was awarded a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the University of Georgia Tull School of Accounting faculty.