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Success Stories: Carolyn Ashe

Carolyn Ashe

Carolyn Ashe has dedicated her professional life to working in business and educating students about ethical business practices.

"I always knew I would enter the business field," Ashe said. "But I also enjoy experiencing these students and seeing their growth."

Ashe is a professor of Business Ethics and Business Communication in the Marketing, Management and Business Administration Department at UHD and has served as the Director of the Institute for Business, Ethics and Public Issues for the past 10 years. Within these positions, Ashe can simultaneously interact with and educate students while also maintaining her work in the business world as a management consultant, author and researcher.

"My goal, and the goal of the Institute, is to enlighten students and the community about business ethics and to also facilitate their contacts with the business community. I want to open their minds and encourage them to think for themselves," Ashe said.

Ashe has received many commendations for her dedication to students and her profession including the 2010 University Faculty Development Grant, 2003 Online Teacher of the Year Award and the 2006 UHD Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ashe graduated Valedictorian of her high school class and received grants and scholarships to attend college. She enrolled in the University of North Texas where she earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Business Administration with a major in management and minor in psychology. She earned her doctorate from the University of Houston. After college, Ashe gained valuable experience by working in the commercial banking sector. Despite the reality that few women and fewer minorities worked in that industry, Ashe said she enjoyed the work and the challenge and it solidified her love of business.

Of teaching students about business ethics, Ashe said, "People often don't think about ethics, but I want to get students thinking for themselves and looking differently at issues. If I can get them to put their actions into an ethical perspective, I've come a long way."


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