As part of Black History Month, the Terry College recognizes four outstanding African-American alumni who are pioneers in their industry. These Terry Trailblazers are business leaders who achieved career success while making a meaningful impact on their organizations and communities.
We are honored to recognize the following alumni:
Dr. Harold Black enrolled at UGA in 1962, the fourth African American student and the first African American male freshman to attend the university. He earned a BBA in economics, then went on to receive master’s and PhD degrees from the Ohio State University. During his career, he served on the faculties of the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina, Howard University, and American University, culminating at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Black received numerous awards for his teaching and research, as well as honors from the U.S. Treasury Department, National Credit Union Administration, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from UGA in 1986.
Angela Tolliver has held various leadership positions at Cox, including serving as the director of information services governance and the only woman in the office of the CIO. She has led several large-scale technology implementations for Cox Communications, Cox Enterprises, Cox Media Group, and Manheim. In 2020, Tolliver was a finalist for Advocate of the Year by Women in IT (New York), where she was recognized for going beyond the call of duty to pioneer women in IT initiatives. She is active in her community service sorority, co-chairing the LEAD (Leadership Excellence, Achievement, and Development) mentoring program.
A financial authority specializing in technical accounting and accounting research, George Azih has served as an auditor for banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms. Before founding LeaseQuery, he performed research and technical accounting for a Fortune 500 company. A leading expert on lease accounting, Azih has been quoted in Bloomberg multiple times and spoken to numerous groups, including the Georgia Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, Financial Executives International, Technology Association of Georgia, CoreNet Global Summit, and the Accounting and Financial Women’s Alliance.
As one of the CDC’s senior leaders, Kiana Morris serves as the acting director for the Office of Planning, Budget and Legislation in the National Center for Health Statistics, where she leads strategic planning initiatives. In this role, she also serves as the associate director for policy and provides expert advice to the NCHS director on policy development and implementation. She also coordinates evaluation efforts, external stakeholder engagements, and leads preparation for briefs and testimony to Congress. Morris received the Young Government Leaders’ “40 Under 40” award in 2018 for her leadership as a public servant and was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by UGA in 2020.
Dasha Walker (BBA ’00, MAcc ’01): Partner, KPMG
Chris Ward (BBA ’87, MBA ’89): National Leader, Markets and Sectors for People Advisory Services, EY
Rachel Perry (BBA ’93): Resident Managing Director, Aon
James Jackson (BBA ’80): Senior Financial Services Executive (retired), Experian