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 previously served as Director of the college’s highly regarded Tull School of Accounting for nine years prior to his appointment as Dean in 2014. Under his leadership, the Terry College has completed a successful Building Terry campaign, raising $121 million to support faculty, programs and facilities; opened the first phase of the Business Learning Community, Correll Hall; established a campuswide entrepreneurship program; experienced significant growth in undergraduate and graduate programs; and achieved the highest percentage employment rates for graduating students in the college’s history.
Dean Ayers has received many teaching awards at the school, college, and university levels, including the Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has been actively involved in the American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association and has received national research awards from both. In 2016, he was recognized by the American Taxation Association with its highest honor, the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award.
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.