Pioneer Stories: Cathy Creech
“The fact that I had a broad liberal arts education that taught me to think, write well, and analyze a variety of topics, whether it was a Shakespeare sonnet or the political and social theories of John Locke, has served me very well.”
Cathy Creech used her Transylvania English degree to gain acceptance to Harvard Law School, where she was editor of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. She is currently a partner in the Washington, D.C., National Tax Office of the accounting firm Ernst & Young LLP, where she advises clients on tax matters related to executive compensation, transactions, and health care reform. She was previously an attorney-advisor in the Office of Tax Policy of the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration.
Succeeding at one of the nation’s premier law schools, moving between the public and private sectors in the high pressure world of the nation’s capital, and becoming a recognized expert in her area of federal tax law is a challenging calling. It demands mental toughness, creativity, and the ability to adapt to entirely different perspectives on important issues.
For Creech, that all started at Transylvania, where she augmented her classroom pursuits with leadership roles in the Student Government Association, her social sorority, honorary societies, and other organizations.
“Academically, my Transylvania education left me just as prepared to enter Harvard as any of my classmates, and my leadership roles taught me a lot about human nature,” she says. “I’ve worked hard to get where I am, but I’ve had good people who helped me along the way, and many of those started at Transylvania.”