As director of the Graduate Accounting Programs, Susan Cauble leads the strategy for recruitment into Kelley Indy’s taxation and accounting master’s degree programs. She knows the program personally, having graduated from it herself.
Q: How is your role as director of Graduate Accounting Programs (GAP) changing lately?
Susan: I’ve always handled a lot of the recruiting and strategizing for GAP, but I’m going to be spending more time advising the students in the coming semesters. I really enjoy getting to know them. So many of our students are making a huge career change into taxation or accounting (Some coming from completely different areas such as journalism and the sciences), and I appreciate being with them in the journey. I always warn them it will go by fast, and every commencement they can’t believe how quickly they accomplished their goals.
Q: Most directors know their program backwards and forwards but you know yours from the student perspective. How is it helpful being an alumna of the program?
Susan: It’s helpful to be able to advise my students with a firsthand perspective. Based on my experience in the program, I can tell them what to expect, which professor teaches which class and how best to prepare for the program. It’s great to connect with them and empathize with the challenges and encourage them through their successes. Plus, I can honestly tell them that I know this is really a great program!
Q: How do you spend your time outside of Kelley?
Susan: I enjoy reading. Currently I’m reading Judgment Cometh and That Right Soon by Scott Pratt. I also spend time with my husband, Kevin, and son, Alex, who is starting college this fall. We like to travel. In September, my husband and I are going to Fountain Hills, Arizona to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary, so we’re pretty excited about that.
Q: You and your husband have a unique story. How did you meet?
Susan: At a car dealership. I was looking to buy a new car at Dave Mason Lincoln Mercury and he was the salesman. He asked me out on a date, but I already had plans. After two more unsuccessful attempts at getting together, we finally had our first date on June 23, 1990. The rest, as they say, is history. We were married on September 26, 1992.