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Dr. Scott Dell, CPA

Dr. Scott Dell, CPA

Francis Marion University

Florence, SC USA

"The only true failure is not learning lessons from failures."

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Dr. Scott's work combines: Education, Business, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Assistant Professor & Entrepreneur

I work to inspire others to succeed in their career choices.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    Randolph MA

  • Doctorate


    University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

  • Graduate Degree


    University of Pennsylvania -The Wharton School

  • Graduate Degree

    MAE in Educational Technology

    Edgewood College

  • Bachelor's Degree


    Boston University

  • Bachelor's Degree

    AA in International Studies

    SUNY - Rockland Community College

  • Certification


    State of Wisconsin

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be an Assistant Professor & Entrepreneur:

Doctorate: DBA

Graduate Degree: MBA

Graduate Degree: MAE in Educational Technology

Bachelor's Degree: Accounting

Bachelor's Degree: AA in International Studies

Certification: CPA

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Started in the Navy at the USNA in Annapolis though decided not to pursue as a career.

  • 2.

    Took a year in Israel upon departure to explore and grow.

  • 3.

    Returned to school to study accounting followed by Big 8 (now Big 4-EY) employment. Pursued CPA.

  • 4.

    Returned to school attending Wharton for my MBA upon departing job.

  • 5.

    Relocated to the midwest due to spouse's desire to attend school in Madison, WI.

  • 6.

    After departing from a larger accounting firm (Grant Thornton), opened a systems consulting/training practice, which led to joining a franchise group, which led to further entrepreneurial experiences.

  • 7.

    Had been adjunct instructing and serving on boards for multiple years, ended up taking a full-time academic role, followed by getting a second Masters and Doctorate.

  • 8.

    Continued entrepreneurial and educational endeavors. Some more successful than others. Now in South Carolina on a tenure track position and pursuing other business interests. Published LinkedIn book.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

    Emotional and Financial Putdowns

  • How I responded:

    As Henry Ford once said: 'If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right'

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • Made some "bad" financial decisions that led to bankruptcy. I put bad in quotes in that I have learned more from my failures than my successes which has helped me to learn and grow. The only true failure is not learning lessons from failures.