Missouri State University Dean Receives Outstanding Dean Award from Beta Alpha Psi

Samantha Simunyu

Published August 12, 2016

Durham, N.C. – The Outstanding Dean Award was presented to Dr. Stephanie M. Bryant at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD on August 5, 2016. The award recognizes deans for their significant contribution in faculty support and/or financial support to helping achieve the goals and objectives of their university’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter.

Bryant has served as dean of the Missouri State University’s College of Business for five years. In her role, she has been exceedingly supportive of the Theta Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, often available to provide counsel and stand as an advocate for her students. She regularly leaves a weekly, open afternoon to meet with students in the college.

It is also not unusual for her to occasionally attend weekly chapter events and speak about her experiences in the accounting industry. The students enjoy her candid and relaxed demeanor and find her discussions inspiring. 

“The support that we have received from our Dean has helped our chapter;” said Elizabeth Sivill, Theta Pi Chapter President, “but more importantly it has helped our students in their development while attending Missouri State and in their career.” 

Bryant has enabled an opportunity for the chapter to present their ‘Best Practices’ presentations to the School of Accountancy Advisory Board. Feedback received from this meeting aided the chapter in achieving first place in the Deloitte competition. She has also provided financial support to the chapter, making it possible for more students to attend Beta Alpha Psi regional and national meetings.

Bryant has leveraged her relationships with the industry to facilitate career opportunities for students. She worked to enhance the school’s career fair, which resulted in increased numbers of attending firms and students. She has gone further to set up a fund for students in need of professional wear for career fair interviews. 

“Dean Bryant has been an essential building block in my experience at Missouri State University and my journey into joining the profession,” stated Sivill. “With her abilities, dedication to Beta Alpha Psi, and experience as the international president of Beta Alpha Psi, the Dean is a deserving recipient of this award". 


About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.