The Excellence Awards are the highest honors presented to Lee faculty members. The recipient of the Excellence in Advising Award is chosen by a faculty committee, which reviews a three-year history of student advisor evaluation data as well as other information provided by the nominating department chairs and deans.
Hart initially joined Lee’s faculty in 2000 and then rejoined in 2006. Prior to Lee, she spent many years in both public accounting and industry. Her experience included financial reporting, strategic planning, corporate budgeting, management consulting, taxation, and capital expansion. She has received several awards and honors for her work, including being recognized as one of the Who’s Who Among International Business Leaders.
Since her return to Lee, Hart has served on the business department’s accreditation committee, as sponsor for Phi Beta Lambda, organizer of the Accounting and Finance Lab, curriculum development, and the Critical Thinking Skills Committee.
In the local community, Hart has served on numerous boards including the Bradley Initiative for Church and Community, the Caring Place, the Boys Scouts of America, the Bradley/Cleveland Community Foundation, Pathway Credit Union, and the Commission for Racial Equality, an initiative to help reduce poverty, racial gaps, and increase economic opportunity.
Hart is a member the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of CPAs, and the Georgia Society of CPAs. Currently, Hart organizes the Continuing Professional Education seminars for CPAs in the local area.
Hart has presented at various conferences in the United States and abroad, including Salzburg, Austria, the Bahamas, and the British Virgin Islands.
She earned her master of business administration in accounting from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor of science in accounting from Lee University. She is completing her doctoral degree in accounting at Anderson University in Indiana. Her research interest centers on the role of postulates in accounting in today’s turbulent economic environment.