But What Can I Do With Accounting?: The Careers of Melanie Peddicord

Melanie Peddicord has held a lot of dream jobs. After graduating from Anderson University in 1994 with an accounting degree, she began working at Ernst & Young, a Big Four accounting firm. At that point, she said she was living the dream—working in public accounting with clients in healthcare, insurance, nonprofit and retail sectors. Her job required lots of travel and adaptation to different working environments.

At Ernst & Young, Melanie started working with Finish Line. The Indianapolis-based corporation appealed to her with its laidback, athletic atmosphere. “I always said that if I ever left Ernst & Young, it’ll be for Finish Line,” said Melanie. “It was just cool.”

During Melanie’s 15-year career at Finish Line, she enjoyed her responsibilities of acting as a business partner and reporting helpful information. She prided herself on her ability to work with any employee on any level. And she quickly cites her best memory at Finish Line: presenting financial information at Nike.

In 2008, Melanie returned to her alma mater to earn her MBA. While there, she learned how to become a better manager and incorporate servanthood into her daily professional life. Within a few years after graduation, Melanie started teaching as an adjunct professor for the MBA Program.

“Being an adjunct went really well,” said Melanie. “I loved interacting with the students, providing them with advice and guidance. They thought working at Finish Line was super cool.”

This semester, Melanie began teaching accounting as a full-time professor, working alongside some of her former professors like Professor Cindy Peck and Dr. Mark Motluck. When Melanie was a student, Dr. Rebecca Haskett—and “Metamorphosis,” a book she co-authored—had an enormous influence on her. “She was really one of my mentors as a student,” said Melanie, “so getting the opportunity to work alongside her has been very neat. She helped me realize that I wanted to teach.”

One of Melanie’s biggest challenges teaching is the sheer amount of time it takes to prepare lessons and assignments each day. One of her biggest rewards, however, is the time she can spend with her family.

Melanie has three children—Maddie, Tyler, and Trevor, who they adopted from South Korea this past April. “I missed some of my kids growing up,” said Melanie. “I wouldn’t do that again. My family matters.”


The AU MBA program is a traditional MBA program designed for the working professional. Classes meet in the evening and mostly one night each week. Most students complete the program in less than 23 months. The MBA program is offered on the Anderson campus and in several locations in the Indianapolis area. The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) nationally accredits the Anderson University MBA program, and Anderson University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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One comment on “But What Can I Do With Accounting?: The Careers of Melanie Peddicord
  1. Julie Ward says:

    Great story!

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