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Faculty Retirements

Two long-time faculty members retired during the most recent academic year. We appreciate their many years of service and wish them well in their future endeavors.

 

Dr. Deborah Beard

Dr. Deborah Beard

Dr. Deborah Beard has retired after more than 40 years of dedicated service to the Department of Accounting and the Harrison College of Business.  A Certified Management Accountant, Debbie taught 15 different courses at Southeast; served as the internship coordinator for more than 300 student internships; and supervised numerous MBA, Honors Program and McNair Scholars papers and projects. She served as chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Business Law from 1991 to 2000, a decade in which the College of Business achieved AACSB accreditation and moved into Robert A. Dempster Hall, and was a faculty associate in the Provost’s Office in 2001. During her time at Southeast, Debbie served on more than 50 committees, authored more than 40 journal articles, assisted 10 different journals and professional organizations, and completed over 20 professional consulting engagements.

 

Dr. Beard has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2015 College of Business Students’ Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Copper Dome Faculty Fellow in Research Award, the Success in Scholarship, Sports, and Service Award, and the Accounting and Finance Club and Phi Gamma Nu Faculty of the Year awards.

 

Debbie plans to spend her well-deserved retirement with her husband Dan, her two married children Brian (Anna-Marie) Beard and Laura (Ben) Foster, and four (very loved) grandchildren, Knox and Tobin Beard and Reese and Rhett Foster.

 

Dr. James Ricks

Dr. James Ricks

Dr. James Ricks has retired after 34 years of service to the Dept. of Management and Marketing and the Harrison College of Business.  Jim was known as having taught the widest breadth of courses for the department and highly involved in teaching distribution management (logistics), professional selling and marketing communications.  He earned two doctorates during his academic career and was known as a colleague who was highly supportive of the professional development of others.  He served on a number of college and university committees during his years of service including the Faculty Senate for more than ten years.

Jim’s easy-going ways and willingness to volunteer for special assignments should serve him well in retirement.  He and his wife Natalie were recognized at a retirement reception in the college on May 3.

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