Homecoming, September 2014.
Southern Utah University alumna, Andrea Dover (’02, accounting & finance) comes from an SUU legacy. Her father, Patrick Dover (’73, Industrial Arts) and her grandfather, Kent Dover (’41, AAS/University Studies) are also graduates of SUU.
"The abundant opportunities to get involved [at SUU] through student government, clubs and various other activities really helped me develop my leadership abilities and practical skills [like] communication, time management, learning to organize and run an event and how to be responsible for groups of people," says Dover.
Dover presently attends the University of Utah, as a graduate student, working toward an MBA. She works as a lead accountant for GE Capital Bank in Salt Lake City. "Some of my main responsibilities [as lead accountant] are preparing and submitting quarterly reporting required by the FDIC, preparing annual financial statements and writing footnotes. I am also responsible for all of the accounting for the Community Reinvestment Act Portfolio," says Dover.
The Community Reinvestment Act is a subset of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977. It is a federal law designed to encourage financial institutions to meet the needs of low-income borrowers and reduce discriminatory credit practices against them, a practice known as redlining.
Dover recently received recognition for simplifying the quarterly reporting process that used to take a group of twelve people three weeks of 10-12 hour work days, including weekends, to complete.
"A group of colleagues and I were able to simplify and automate the process so that the report can be completed one week earlier than before, with only one weekend day required for half of the team, and no overtime for anyone during the week," said Dover.
She recalls such classes at SUU as Operations Research and Investments class, with Mr. Harrop, as especially memorable and valuable.
"He [Harrop] had such a passion for the material and so much experience he was willing to share, which made it an absolutely amazing class," said Dover. "I learned a lot about investing, but I also learned a lot about myself and what I did and did not want to do as a career."
Dover feels that the Operations Research class she took here gave her a solid foundation in using Microsoft Excel, which has helped her many times in her career, to advance quickly and provide more value to the companies she has worked for.
One of her favorite quotes is, "If you have a why to live for, you can bear any how." She believes that once you understand why you are doing something, figuring out how to overcome the obstacles in order to achieve the goal is the easy part. Dover always looks to understand the why in any task she undertakes.
In her spare time, Dover enjoys volunteering with Junior Achievement, a program dedicated to teaching financial literacy to elementary school students. She also volunteers on a committee for the annual Festival of Trees, a fundraiser that benefits Primary Children’s hospital.
She delights in reading non-fiction, traveling, trying new things and meeting new people. She is the favorite aunt to nine nieces and nephews, who she loves to spoil.