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Now looking forward to spending more time with her family and volunteer work, Mary Yates takes pride in serving as part of a team that helped students achieve their career goals. The professor emerita of accounting has retired after 24 years of service to the university.
A CMSU alumna, Yates came to campus to study business education and earned a bachelor’s degree in 1973. She furthered her higher education at Central Missouri by completing a Master of Business Administration degree in 1976.
Her professional experiences helped her prepare for a career as a university faculty member in the Department of Accounting. She served as a business teacher from 1973-1974 at Kingsville High School, and worked as a revenue agent for the IRS from 1980-1984. In addition to teaching, Yates was active in a number of campus organizations, including serving as advisor to the Accounting Students Association, as well as the Faculty Awards, Academic Standards and Athletic Advisory committees.
She has stayed active in professional organizations such as the Missouri Society of CPAs, Missouri Association of Accounting Educators and the Institute of Management Accountants. In addition to owning a seasonal business, Yates has done consulting for non-profit groups and small businesses, particularly in areas such as general accounting. Yates is an active member in her community and has been involved in community service as a member of the Lone Jack Civic Club and the community’s planning and zoning board.