Ahern is the embodiment of DePaul University. Not only did he earn his
bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from DePaul, but he also has devoted
more than four decades to teaching students auditing, financial accounting and
managerial accounting at his alma mater. He previously served as an associate
dean and director of the School of Accountancy and Management Information
Systems (MIS). When the role of director of the school became available in
July, Ahern was willing to offer his leadership once more as the interim
“The School of Accountancy and MIS has
a really great faculty, a terrific staff and excellent students,” says Ahern.
“Knowing that the school was a well-managed organization and in great shape
made it an easy decision for me to take on this role.”
Ahern is more than qualified for the
role. He has been teaching accounting all over the world, but mainly on DePaul’s Loop Campus for the last 42 years. He is a Fulbright Teaching Scholar for
Kazan Federal University and Kazan State University in Russia, and he also has
experience teaching in Bahrain, Finland and the Czech Republic. In addition, Ahern
previously served as executive director for the Institute for Business
Professional Ethics at DePaul.
When Ahern served as the director of
the School of Accountancy and MIS from 1986-1995, he worked on a capital
campaign and raised a significant amount of money for the school. He also helped
attract new and talented faculty members and created a strategic planning
process for the school that they still use today.
Ahern’s priority as interim director is
to further the school’s progress toward meeting its current strategic plan goals.
These goals include developing and implementing a marketing plan for the online
Master of Science in Accountancy program; increasing the marketing for the
school’s programs internationally; supporting the goals of Ledger & Quill
(L&Q), the school’s alumni and friends organization; and most
importantly, to find a new long-term director for the school. He also wants to create
ways for full-time and adjunct faculty members spend more time together to
unite the entire school’s faculty.
“I want to build on what has been done
previously and get advice from faculty, staff and L&Q,” says Ahern. “What
we need to do is maintain our momentum in the next year."
Learn more about DePaul’s School of Accountancy
of Accountancy and MIS
Ledger and Quill