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Jerry Grady Wins Accounting Alumni of the Year Award

Published January 21, 2014

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Jerry Grady

Jerry Grady, CPA, Managing Director
at UHY Advisors, MI

Jerry Grady has been awarded the first Accounting Alumni of the Year award presented by the Department of Accounting and Finance at Eastern Michigan University. The award was established to honor outstanding alumni for the dedication and support of Eastern students, the department and College of Business.

"I am both honored and humbled to have received this award," Grady said. "I have always been a person who believes in giving back to a community. By receiving this award it helps demonstrate to those beginning their career that there is more than life to just work. It helps demonstrate that serving a cause with a purpose does provide a much more positive feeling in life."

In 1985, Grady was one of the first people to graduate from Eastern with a Bachelor's degree in accounting information system. He is one of the most active alumni and continuously and generously contributes his time advising students.

In addition, Grady and his wife, Gayle, offer an annual scholarship for accounting students at Eastern. Two of their four children have attended EMU.

"There can be no greater testimony of his love, dedication and pride in EMU than he and Gayle sending both their older children to study here," said Zafer Khan, the department head of the Department of Accounting & Finance. "I understand he is currently working on his two younger children by embedding in them the importance of continuing the Grady family tradition."

Grady describes his time at Eastern as a solid college experience full of pride from both students and professors alike. He credits Eastern emeritus professor Mo Sharifi's vision for the accounting information system degree as the catalyst for his success.

"I'm not sure I would be where I am at today [without him]," said Grady. "The professors of yesterday and today are of the caliber passion. The students come first and they provide a solid foundation for employers to know that the students will have the academia, but most important, be prepared for the real working world."

Grady hopes to see Eastern students and future recipients of this award have qualities of strong leadership, humility, passion, dedication to serve and commitment to a cause.

"I did not set out to change the world or create something new," Grady said. "I was fortunate enough to have tremendous professors who took time with me and helped me understand the career I had chosen. Because of their commitment I had always made a promise that I would pay it back to EMU at some time. My goal and passion is to make sure that all graduating students understand the worth they received from EMU and provide whatever time, talent, or treasure they can and pay it forward for the next generations."

-- Written by Emily Vontom, a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, where she will soon earn her master's degree in written communications.

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