Cheryl McConnell, Ph.D., MPA, CPA, CFE

Professor of Accounting, Dean - Helzberg School of Management Accounting


Office: Conway 201, Dean's Office


Dr. Cheryl McConnell is Dean of the Helzberg School of Management at Rockhurst University. In her role as dean, she has overseen significant growth in all graduate degree programs, increased non-degree offerings in emerging interest areas, and increased engagement with the business community and regional organizations. She sits on several boards and is deeply engaged in Kansas City regional economic development initiatives.


Dr. McConnell has received numerous awards including the 2011 Rockhurst University Faculty of the Year award. Previous awards include the Helzberg School of Management Perfect Professor Award, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Rockhurst University Excellence in Teaching Award.


Dr. McConnell earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from St. Louis University. She is also a graduate of Wichita State University, earning her Master of Professional Accountancy degree and Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner.


Dr. McConnell has published or presented more than 70 articles, papers or workshops, and she is currently investigating gender differences in graduate business school enrollment trends, and issues related to gender equality.