Cindy Peck, associate professor of accounting at the Falls School of Business, received the 2009 Outstanding Educator of the Year at the Indiana CPA Society awards October 16 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.
"The award acknowledges what we already know," said Terry Truitt, dean of the Falls School of Business, "that Professor Peck is an exceptional educator. She goes beyond the classroom, engaging students in professional and community service."
As an educator at Anderson University since 1988, Peck, CPA, has strived to serve her students and institution faithfully as a student advisor and MBA Admissions Committee member. She has gone above and beyond her traditional academic role by leading cultural and work camp student trips to London, Ireland, Costa Rica, and Peru. Peck is also the coordinator for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).
"I feel honored to be recognized by my CPA peers," said Peck. "There are many, many outstanding educators out there who do their duty to their students in wonderful ways that are not publicized. I feel fortunate to be one of them."
With the Indiana CPA Society, she served as a former member of the board of directors (1999-2002), leadership cabinet, and education foundation. She served on the Indiana Board of Accountancy board for six years and recently completed her two-year term as chair of the BOA. In the community, she is a past board member of the United Way of Madison County and current member of the Hamilton Southeastern High School Academy of Finance Advisory Board.
"Professor Peck is highly respected by her peers and her students," said Truitt. "She maintains high academic standards and yet works very hard to help students achieve their goals."
Peck added that students energize her because of "their potential and the future that is in front of them."
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.