Morehouse College Mourns the Loss of Dr. Cheryl Allen

Date Released: January 30, 2018

Death announcementDr. Cheryl Allen, a dedicated professor in her 25th year of service at Morehouse College, has passed away. Dr. Allen taught accounting in the Division of Business Administration and Economics.

She came to Morehouse in 1988 after working as an auditor with the public accounting firm, Ernst and Whinney. Dr. Allen found her calling in the classrooms of Morehouse College and devoted her time to her students, stopping her career as a professor only to earn her doctorate in accounting from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia in 1998. She had earned a bachelor’s degree from Clark and an MBA from Atlanta University before the two colleges merged. 

Dr. Keith Hollingsworth, professor and department chair, called his longtime colleague and friend a stalwart part of the accounting faculty. “She took no excuses, always maintaining high expectations for these young men,” Dr. Hollingsworth said. “She was devoted to them and their well-being.”

Dr. Allen is a former member of the Board of Trustees. She also was appointed as a visiting member of the Board’s Audit Committee.  

She served the College by traveling on the Morehouse College International Spring Tour more than 10 times, accompanying Morehouse students to countries such as Egypt, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Greece, and France. She was also the advisor to the National Association of Black Accountants, and an active member of the Morehouse Business Association, participating often in its Spring Symposium. 

Dr. Allen made College history when she was named as Interim Dean of the Business and Economics Division twice. She was the first female dean in Morehouse’s Business Administration and Economics Division. 

She taught last semester, and she was on the roll to teach this semester. Her passing was sudden and has left faculty, staff, and scholars shocked and saddened.

The Morehouse College Community and the Board of Trustees stand at the ready to support the Allen family through this difficult time. Students in need of counseling to cope with the loss can receive support from the College Wellness Center.

Services for Dr. Allen will be held in Chattanooga. Details will be sent to members of the Morehouse Community.  

Last Modified: January 30, 2018, 12:01 PM, by: Kara Walker

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