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Isenberg Accounting Educator Professor Honored with New Professorship
May 08, 2018
Isenberg is pleased to announce the appointment of David Piercey as the first John F. Kennedy Endowed Professor. Chair of Isenberg’s Department of Accounting and John Spinney Faculty Fellow, Piercey is a nationally prominent researcher in behavioral accounting. His research examines the effects of accounting regulations on auditors, investors, and companies. It also explores issues involving audit quality, auditor independence and reputation, and the format and quality of accounting disclosures.
An accounting PhD graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Professor Piercey also excels in the classroom, teaching courses that range from undergraduate accounting and auditing to a doctoral seminar in behavioral and experimental research methods. In teaching, he remains true to two principles: First, he identifies himself as an educator of future audit managers and partners, critical thinkers, and successful accounting leaders rather than as a trainer of employees and staff auditors. Second, while maintaining high standards, he injects enthusiasm into his subject matter. Professor Piercey has also excelled as his department’s current chair. Under his leadership, his department’s relations with alumni and industry have never been stronger and more symbiotic.
The endowed professorship’s benefactor, John F. Kennedy ’76 M.S., is a long-time supporter of Isenberg and its students. His previous gifts have included The John F. Kennedy Family Scholarship, funding for Isenberg’s Alfond Management Center, and support for Isenberg’s Richard Simpson Professorship.