Kerby Named School of Business Dean

Debra Kerby, professor and chair of Accounting, has been selected as the Dean of the School of Business.
A member of the Truman faculty since 1982, Kerby has served the School and University in many roles, including as interim head of the Division of Business and Accountancy in 1999-2000.

Kerby has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Truman, as well as a master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Among her accomplishments at Truman, Kerby received the Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence in 2004 and the Missouri Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator Award in 2009.

Richard Coughlin, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced Kerby’s appointment June 20. She assumed her duties as dean July 1. Kerby replaces Renee Wachter who earlier this year was named chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Superior.