Author: David Dodson


Mark C. Dawkins, an accounting professor since 1994, is the new associate dean for academic programs at the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business.

Dawkins became the college's first director of diversity relations in 2004. As associate dean, he is succeeding Melvin Crask, who retired in March.

"Mark brings to this role the full admiration of his colleagues in accounting and the support of the college as a whole," said Robert T. Sumichrast, dean of the Terry College. "Going forward, I am confident he will provide excellent leadership for our degree programs and improve the overall experience of our students, from recruitment and admissions to graduation and placement."

Dawkins will oversee the bachelor's and master's programs in business and their accreditation. These programs include the Bachelor of Business Administration in Athens and UGA's new campus in Griffin and seven master's degree programs, led by the Master of Business Administration offered in Athens, Buckhead and Gwinnett County.

"I am excited to serve the Terry College in this role, which gives me the opportunity to learn more about how the units in Terry work together," Dawkins said. "I also get to interact with the overall university environment and am learning how the Terry College contributes to UGA's success by working with other units on campus."

Dawkins has earned four degrees himself. He was an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, where he received a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1985. He earned two graduate degrees from the University of Florida — an MBA and a Master of Accounting — and completed his doctorate at Florida State University in 1994.

As a certified public accountant and certified management accountant, he has been actively involved with the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) since 1997.

Dawkins has served as coordinator of the GSCPA High School Residency Program at UGA since its inception in 1999 through 2007, and he is assisting this year. The summer program, which introduces underrepresented high school students to careers in accounting and business, has been expanded to the campus of Georgia Southern University. For his efforts, he was named GSCPA's Accounting Educator of the Year for 2006. He also received Terry's Outstanding Service Award in 2007, recognizing his professional and public service contributions as a faculty member.

Dawkins remains very involved with the KPMG PhD Project, the national initiative to increase the number of faculty of color in schools of business. Each fall, he attends the annual PhD Project Conference in Chicago and recruits minority PhD candidates on behalf of Terry College. Dawkins also has served as faculty advisor to the Graduate Minority Business Association and the Terry College chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants for over a decade.

He currently serves as vice president of the American Accounting Association's Diversity Section and will become its president in August. He also served this past year as president of the Black Faculty and Staff Organization at UGA.