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Mary Pearson

Dean of the School of Business / Associate Professor of School of Business


Specializing in entrepreneurship in rural communities, financial accounting reporting requirements, and the history of accounting principles


Mary Pearson is the Dean of the Dixie L. Leavitt 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, Masters of Business Administration, and Master Science Business Analytics degrees.

Over the years, Pearson has received several awards. Most recently, she earned the UACPA Women to Watch Experienced Leader Award, Outstanding Educator for Beta Gamma Sigma, Student Influencer Award, Cedar City Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year Award, 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 14 years. Along with her work as a professor at SUU, Pearson is a certified public accountant (CPA) with her own financial firm in Cedar City, Utah. Pearson has served on several city, county, and school district committees and currently serves as the Chairwoman for the Cedar City Planning and Zoning Commission. She also serves on the Board of Directors for State Bank of Southern Utah.

Pearson earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a masters of accounting from Southern Utah University and has earned a Ph.D.​ 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

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  • Accounting
  • Research
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  • Financial Services

Areas of Expertise

Accounting EthicsHistory of Accounting PrinciplesCost-Volume Profit AnalysisFinancial Analysis and Decision MakingPlanning and Zoning in Rural CommunitiesEducationBusiness AccountingEnterpreneurshipAccountingFinancial PlanningBusiness AdministrationStrategic & Business PlanningEntrepreneurship in Rural CommunitiesAccumulation and Flow of Managerial Accounting InformationFinanical Accounting Reporting RequirementsAccounting and Profitability Analysis


Northcentral University

Ph.D., Business Administration, Specialization Advanced Accounting

Southern Utah University

M.A., Accounting

Southern Utah University

B.S., Accounting


Woman to Watch Experienced Leader Award

Awarded by Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants, 2020

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


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

Media Appearances

State Bank of Southern Utah adds Mary Pearson, Brad Last to board of directors

St George News  online


Mary Pearson is the dean of the School of Business at Southern Utah University. She oversees the accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, hotel resort and hospitality management, management, marketing, Masters of Accountancy and Masters of Business Administration programs.

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EDA grant money to motivate rural Utah entrepreneurship

The Richfield Reaper  online


“We are excited about the opportunities this EDA grant can provide in creating jobs and increasing business productivity and profitability for students and community members in the five-county region,” said Mary Pearson, dean of SUU Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business. “We look forward to working with Dixie State in finding ways to promote and support entrepreneurship in rural Utah.”

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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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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.