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Mary Pearson - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Mary Pearson Mary Pearson

Dean / Associate Professor of School of Business | Southern Utah University


Specializing in strategic, business, and financial planning


Mary Pearson is the Dean of the School of Business at Southern Utah University. Her responsibilities include oversight of the accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, hotel resort and hospitality management, management, marketing, masters of accountancy, and masters of business administration programs.

Over the years, Pearson has received copious amounts of awards. Most recently, she earned the Outstanding Educator for Beta Gamma Sigma at Southern Utah University, Student Influencer Award in 2017 and 2016, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award in 2016, and Outstanding Educator Award for Southern Utah University in 2013.

Pearson has taught internationally at two of SUU partner schools in Austria for the last 8 years. Along with her work as a professor at Southern Utah University, Pearson is a certified public accountant (CPA) with her own financial firm in Cedar City, Utah. Her professional accounting career has allowed her to meet and associate with successful entrepreneurs, providing them with financial advice that helps them better meet their goals and objectives within their organizations. Pearson currently serves as Chairwoman for the Cedar City Planning and Zoning Commission.

Pearson earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a masters of accounting from Southern Utah University and has earned Ph.D.​ ABD in business administration from Northcentral University. Pearson's previous experience includes serving as Interim Associate Dean of the School of Business at SUU, Instructor of Accounting at College of Southern Nevada, and Accountant/Auditor for Carol A. Stone CPAs.





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Industry Expertise (5)

Writing and Editing Accounting Research Education/Learning Financial Services

Areas of Expertise (16)

Accounting Ethics History of Accounting Principles Cost-Volume Profit Analysis Financial Analysis and Decision Making Planning and Zoning in Rural Communities Education Business Accounting Enterpreneurship Accounting Financial Planning Business Administration Strategic & Business Planning Entrepreneurship in Rural Communities Accumulation and Flow of Managerial Accounting Information Finanical Accounting Reporting Requirements Accounting and Profitability Analysis

Accomplishments (6)

Outstanding Educator Beta Gamma Sigma (professional)

Awarded by Southern Utah University, 2017

Student Influencer Award (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2017

Educator of the Year (professional)

Cedar City Chamber of Commerce, 2016

Student Influencer Award (professional)

Southern Utah University​, 2016

Outstanding Educator (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2016

Extraordinary Educator (professional)

Southern Utah University, 2013

Education (3)

Northcentral University: Ph.D., Business Administration, Specialization Advanced Accounting

Southern Utah University: M.A., Accounting

Southern Utah University: B.S., Accounting

Affiliations (4)

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Media Appearances (5)

SUU Unveils New Business Building in Time for New School Year

KUTV  tv


“We are thrilled to have a new building that will help our programs grow as we continue exploring new opportunities for our business students,” said the dean for the School of Business, Mary Pearson. “The new building will provide needs space for students, professors, and professionals to collaborate and experiment with business ideas, assignments, and projects.”

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New Dean Announced for School of Business

SUU News  online


After an extensive search, Mary Pearson has been chosen out of a very competitive national field to serve as the Dean of the School of Business at Southern Utah University.

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SUU Breaks Ground on New Business Building

The Spectrum  online


Southern Utah University broke ground for its new 42,000-square-foot business Thursday. But the start of the construction for the long-anticipated $16 million project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the community – both in Cedar City and throughout the entire state.

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Groundbreaking for $17M Business School project upcoming

Cedar City News  online


“The new building will provide needed space for students, professors and professionals to collaborate and experiment with business ideas, assignments, and projects,” Mary Pearson, interim associate dean for the School of Business, said. “The ceremony will build excitement for the future home of the School of Business at Southern Utah University.”

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Online Accounting Programs Highlighted in National Rankings

SUU News  online


“Positive rankings provide recognition and reward for delivery of quality education to students all over the world,” said Mary Pearson, dean of the SUU School of Business. “This ranking showcases the quality students can expect in the program.”

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Courses (4)

ACCT 2010 Accounting Principles

This course provides a thorough study of basic accounting principles. The accounting cycle is introduced using an appropriate mix of conceptual and procedural problems. A real-world problem using computer applications is also covered. This is a basic course, which aids in building a foundation for financial analysis and decision-making.

ACCT 2020 Managerial Accounting

A study of the accumulation and flow of managerial accounting information and its impact on decisions within a business entity. Emphasizes cost behavior, cost-volume profit analysis, and management’s use of quantitative tools for planning and control.

ACCT 3010 Financial Accounting I

Study of generally accepted accounting principles, the conceptual framework, and financial accounting reporting requirements. Includes in-depth conceptual analysis of the various financial statement elements.

ACCT 3020 Financial Accounting II

Continuation of ACCT 3010.