Hiram College


Senior Abigael Dean was recently selected for The Ohio Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Foundation’s Student Ambassador Program at Hiram College.

The program selects high-performing students from colleges around the state to encourage peers to consider accounting as a major. Hiram is one of only 17 colleges in the state to be selected for the program.

“The most rewarding thing will be talking to students and educating them about the varied opportunities an accounting degree offers. Accounting really is a field that can be tailored to any individual’s needs and wants,” said Dean who will be a senior at the College next year.

With the help of the Ambassadors, students get a better understanding of rewarding career opportunities that come with an accounting degree and the benefits of becoming a CPA.

“In my conversations with students I also really want to change the stereotype that goes along with accounting,” Dean said. “I want other students to learn that accounting isn’t just punching numbers all day but something that they can enjoy since there are so many different opportunities within the field.”

Although she’s now an advocate of the accounting profession, Dean, who was nominated for the Student Ambassador Program by faculty in Hiram’s Accounting Department, originally hadn’t considered the major.

“When I first started college, being an accounting major never crossed my mind,” she said. “It wasn’t until my grandfather suggested that I might like accounting that I started to consider it. After thinking and researching a little bit about it I decided that I would take one class to see if I liked it. After the first week of class I instantly connected with the subject matter and decided that I wanted accounting to be my major.”

Originally from Gorham, Maine, Dean learned about Hiram College on summer trips to Ohio.

“My stepfather grew up around Hiram so we would come out in the summers to visit and we would always drive past Hiram’s campus,” Dean explained. “So one summer when I was a sophomore in high school I decided that I wanted to take a college tour of Hiram. I instantly loved the atmosphere and all the people I met so I decided to attend.”

About the Ohio CPA Foundation

Part of the Ohio Society of CPAs, The Ohio CPA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that funds scholarships and programs that raise awareness for accounting and CPA careers. The Foundation also gives students an inside look at the accounting profession while they learn about career paths and the value of earning the CPA credential. For more information about The Ohio CPA Foundation’s Student Ambassador Program, contact Mandy Hohler, program coordinator, at mhohler@ohiocpa.com or (614) 764-2727 ext. 355.

About the Ohio Society of CPAs

The Ohio Society of CPAs, established in 1908, represents more than 20,000 CPAs and accounting professionals in business, education, government and public accounting. The Ohio Society’s members not only meet statutory and regulatory requirements as CPAs, but also embrace the highest standards of professional and ethical performance. This is achieved through ongoing professional education, comprehensive quality review and compliance with a strict Code of Professional Conduct.