Benjamin C. Ayers, the current director of the J.M. Tull School of Accounting and Terry's next dean, spoke with The Red & Black about the type of work he does, why he loves UGA sports, and what kind of financial advice he gives students.
An excerpt of the interview is copied below. The full article is available free online.
R&B: You’ve been at UGA since 1996. What is your favorite memory at UGA?
Ayers: There are tons of good memories that I have. I am very proud of the accomplishments of our students and of our program. This year our [Master’s of Accounting] students earned the number one ranking among public schools in passing the CPA exam. That ‘s a source of tremendous pride. I am also a UGA sports fan. Obviously, the successes that our sports team have had in the past couple of years, those are fun memories outside of work. The best things that I remember from the past 18 years that I’ve been on the faculty, are the successes of the students that we had and the faculty. Knowing that we made a difference n their success and their lives, that’s what means the most to me.
R&B: You’re an expert in taxation. What’s one piece of financial advice that you would give to students?
Ayers: Always be wise in your spending and make sure that you budget. Make sure you’re spending habits don’t exceed your income and be a wise steward of your money.