Kimberly Gladden Burke, professor of accounting and assistant dean, is the dean at Millsaps College's Else School of Management. She began her position on July 1, 2012.
Burke oversees Millsaps' undergraduate business program, an MBA program, an Executive MBA program, and a Master of Accountancy program. The Else School has recently been recognized as one of the best business schools in the Princeton Review's The Best 294 Business Schools, and its MBA program was named one of the 20 "Top Tier" programs in North America byCEO Magazine and a Top 10 Rising Star for 2011 by FindyourMBA.com.
"Dr. Burke is a valuable member of our faculty and has been a true leader at the Else School. She is recognized as an outstanding teacher, and her scholarship is highly regarded," said Millsaps College President Robert W. Pearigen. "We look forward to her leadership, and I'm confident she will do great things for the Else School and Millsaps."
Burke replaced Howard McMillan, who served as dean of the Else School since 2006. McMillan is executive-in-residence, a post he held from 2002 to 2006. McMillan joined the Else School after retiring from a distinguished career in the banking industry. He is a former director of the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, past president of the American Bankers Association, and former president of Deposit Guaranty National Bank.
Widely recognized as a significant business leader in Jackson, in Mississippi and throughout the United States, McMillan has been involved with the Else School of Management since 2002, when he was named executive-in-residence.
As an accounting professor, Burke has taught a variety of classes including undergraduate and graduate auditing, intermediate and advanced accounting, accounting information systems, principles of financial accounting and introduction to liberal studies. In 2008, she was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as the Mississippi Professor of the Year. She also plays a valuable role in helping Millsaps graduates secure jobs with leading accounting firms and established an executive shadowing program for accounting students.
Burke holds a B.B.A. and an M.S. in accounting from Texas Tech University and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. She joined the Millsaps faculty in 1995.
Her research interests include the labor market for academics, assurance services, expectations formation and gender issues. Her research has been published in multiple publications including Advances in Accounting, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Service Marketing and Internal Auditing.