Sandra, the KPMG/Neil F. Casson Endowed Professor of Accountancy, was an inspiration for legions of DePaul business students who studied with her, as well as academics of color across the nation—including members of our faculty—whom she mentored through her work with the PhD Project.
When Sandra earned her doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, only a handful of students of color across the country were studying for PhDs in accountancy. This motivated Sandra to join the planning committee of what became the PhD Project. Established in 1994, the nonprofit has helped over 1,500 students of color attain business PhDs and become professors who teach and inspire the next generation of business leaders. In 2014 Sandra was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame for her many contributions to its mission.
Sandra served on DePaul’s faculty for 27 years, distinguishing herself as an award-winning teacher in the accountancy and auditing programs. She published research that explored financial decision-making in prominent journals. As chair of the Driehaus College of Business Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, she provided guidance for our current efforts to diversify our faculty, staff and student body.
The many students, alumni and faculty members who have overcome obstacles to succeed—led by Sandra’s example—are her legacy. Her warmth and caring will be much missed in our community.
More about Sandra and her legacy can be found here
This scholarship will honor Sandra in name while allowing her legacy to continue on for students to come.