On Saturday, April 21, Morehouse College will formally remember Dr. Cheryl Allen, Ph.D., a longtime member of the Division of Business Administration and Economics who passed away earlier this year. A Memorial Tribute Service will be held in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Saturday at 2 p.m.
Allen, a former member of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees who worked at Morehouse for 25 years, was the first female dean of the College’s Division of Business Administration and Economics. She served as interim dean twice and was a distinguished professor. She taught classes during fall semester 2017 before her sudden passing on Jan. 29.
“She took no excuses, always maintaining high expectations for these young men,” said Keith Hollingsworth, Morehouse professor, division co-chair, and chairman of the Department of Business Administration. Hollingsworth also was a longtime friend of Allen’s.
“She was devoted to them and their well-being,” he said.
Allen, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native and graduate of Clark Atlanta University, came to Morehouse in 1988 after working as an auditor with the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney. She earned a master’s degree at Atlanta University and a doctorate at the University of Georgia.
In addition to her many activities at Morehouse, including taking business students on their annual Spring Tour, Allen was active in a variety of civic and non-profit organizations. Among her many activities, Allen was a member of Delta Sigma Theta, served three terms on the board of directors of the Sweet Auburn Curb Market, acted as financial advisor to the Southside Community Development Corp., and was a financial consultant to the Atlanta Committee for Public Education.
But dear to her heart was the education of men of Morehouse each year.
“Dr. Allen was such a significant part of my experience at Morehouse and provided constant encouragement and belief in my potential,” said Jeffrey McLeod ’08, a senior manager (audit) for Capital One. Dr. Allen had a unique ability to combine a technical knowledge of accounting with practical application and timeless wisdom. I was saddened to hear this news, but am grateful to be among those that God blessed to know Dr. Allen.”