Dean and David D. Glass Distinguished Leadership Chair
Dr. Stephanie M. Bryant is the Dean of the College of Business at Missouri State University, overseeing a College of Business of 5,500 undergraduate and graduate business students.
She was previously the Director of the University of South Florida School of Accountancy, overseeing a program of nearly 1,000 undergraduate, Master’s and PhD accounting students. She also served as Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, and was a USF faculty member from 2001-2011. Prior to that she was an assistant professor of accounting at James Madison University from 1996-2001.
She received her Ph.D. and B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Louisiana CPA (inactive). Dr. Bryant specializes in accounting information systems, and previously worked for KPMG Peat Marwick. She has also helped develop an accounting symposium for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and taught Corps accountants from all over the world for many years. Dr. Bryant has co-authored two accounting textbooks, and over 30 academic articles. Dr. Bryant has won nine teaching awards. In 2003, Dr. Bryant received the USF President’s Award for Faculty Excellence.
She is also active in the American Accounting Association, having served as the 2005-2006 national President of the Information Systems Section. She also served as the 2006-2009 International President of Beta Alpha Psi, overseeing 275 chapters and over 10,000 students in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. Dr. Bryant is also active nationally in financial literacy efforts, and was one of 25 financial literacy experts invited to participate in the 2008 U.S. Treasury Department’s Symposium on Financial Literacy in America.
Dr. Bryant’s research includes studying behavioral implications of financial literacy, as well as technology. In 2004, Dr. Bryant was named as the inaugural Dan R. and Tina P. Johnson Distinguished Professor in Accounting at USF. She has chaired the Accounting Accreditation Committee (AAC) of the AACSB since 2014, and is also a member of the 2016-18 AACSB Board of Directors. Dr. Bryant was named to the Biz 417’s Biz 100 in 2016, Biz 417’s 5 Women Who Mean Business in 2016; Springfield’s Most Influential Women in 2014, and in 2015 was asked to co-chair the City of Springfield’s Zone Blitz team that focused on solutions to problems in the areas of jobs and economic conditions in northwest Springfield.
She and her husband of 38 years, Gary, have two daughters, Samantha (36) and Amber (30).