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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

Araya Debessay

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Title Professor Emeritus of Accounting


  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • MBA, M.S., Syracuse University
  • B.Com., Haile Selassie I University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA), (inactive)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), (inactive)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Delaware (inactive)

Awards & Honors

  • Student Choice Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2003
  • Innovation in Business Education Award, from the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration, 1991
  • University of Delaware Excellence-in-Teaching Award (there is a brick with my name at the Mentors Circle, UD campus), 1989
  • Dean’s nominee for State Professor of the Year Competition, sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Certificate of Recognition, 1988
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Accounting, College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware, 1988, 1980
  • Appointed by Governor Jack Markel as a member of the Delaware Public Employees’ Retirement System’s Audit Committee
  • Appointed by Governor Jack Markel as a member of the Delaware State Board of Accountancy