Pathways to CPA: Dena Breece Part 3

As a sneak peek to our upcoming issue of Interim Report, check out Dena Dail Breece’s recollection of her journey to her current position, and see where the achievement of her CPA credential led her career in this four-part series!

Dena Breece

If you missed it, view part two.

My name is Dena Dail Breece, MBA, CPA.  I am married to the love of my life, George.   We reside in historic downtown Fayetteville, NC.  When I am not teaching, my personal interests include traveling with my husband, volunteering at my church and in the community, watching all sports, coastal fishing, art, music, and theater.

With the pursuit of a Ph.D. and joy of teaching, I had an opportunity to do something that I really love.  With the unwavering support of my husband, I made the decision in 2012 to accept a full-time teaching opportunity with Methodist University.  As a Visiting Assistant Professor of Accounting, I found my niche and true passion.  Each day was an exciting blend of promoting student achievement, sharing accounting principles, and revisiting lessons learned from real-life accounting work.

In 2013, I became an assistant professor of accounting.   One of the most meaningful moments of my teaching career happened only recently when I received the Methodist University Annual Award for Excellence in Academic Advising.  To know that one of my student advisees nominated me for such an award means the world to me.  Moving forward into the 2015–2016 academic year, I am honored to have been named the department chair of Accounting, Business Administration, Management, and the Center for Entrepreneurship.

I anticipate the completion of my dissertation to earn my Ph.D. prior to the end of this year.  I look forward to continuing to grow within my new role for the university by extending the focus of student achievement.

To see where Dena’s journey takes her next, stay tuned for the final installment.