Alumni Spotlight | Debby Moyer Allen '78

Debby Moyer Allen ’78

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“I continue to believe that [Bridgewater College] was the right place for me to be,” said Debby Moyer Allen, a 1978 graduate. “The liberal arts education taught me to be analytical and think about what I had learned.”

Allen, who was a double major in business administration and economics, cherished the close bonds she had with her professors in the economics and business administration department, including Professor Robert L. Hueston, a beloved accounting professor at BC. “He was very passionate about accounting and really cared about every student,” she said.

During Allen’s senior year at Bridgewater, she began working at the accounting firm of Keeler, Phibbs and Co. in Harrisonburg. At the time, all the partners of the firm were BC graduates. “It was the best place I could have started,” she commented. After a year and a half, she married Sidney “Bert” Allen and moved to the Lynchburg area. From 1979 to 1988, she worked in public accounting while also handling bookkeeping for her husband’s residential construction business. While her children were young, she cut back to focus only on the family business. Now that they are grown, she is working part-time in public accounting again, beginning in January 2011.

Allen is always delighted to meet fellow BC graduates. She served as the BC alumni association president in 2011-2012, and since December 2011, she and her husband have hosted an annual alumni event at their home in the Lynchburg area.

She believes her Bridgewater education contributed not only to her career but also to the way she looks at the world. She feels the focus was on doing well and excelling what you did, but all toward the purpose of serving others and the greater good. “I’m very grateful for the experience and the values Bridgewater promoted. I learned the importance of being an ethical, involved citizen, whatever community you’re in.”

 

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