Like many non-traditional students at the University of Houston, Ryan Owen (’07) came to school ready to focus on his career path.
Owen, who was awarded the Texas Society of CPA’s Academic Scholarship, the latest in a long list of academic honors, attended school in Colorado as a biology pre-med student before deciding his childhood career goal didn’t mesh with the realities of what he wanted to do in life.
Owen turned to Texas, where his family lives, when it came time to choose a business school three years ago. Owen, 29, was attracted to Houston’s urban feel, and UH’s C. T. Bauer College of Business won out over other options. Though Owen originally thought he wanted to own his own business, he says experiences with “amazing professors” in accounting turned his interests in that direction.
“In accounting, I really found my niche,” says Owen, a candidate for a master’s degree in accountancy in May of 2008. “There’s a lot of analytical thinking and it’s very challenging, which is something I was looking for.” The change in direction has obviously benefited Owen. An internship with Deloitte & Touche, LLP has led to a promise of a full-time job in the Audit and Enterprise Risk Services division, once he completes his master’s.
Owen credits contacts he made through Bauer College of Business. “To have a school that has such close ties to the business community, and have so many alumni at high levels, it’s really incredible,” he says. “The opportunities and networks have been invaluable.”
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.