Mark Higgins Dean of the John Cook School of Business is the May Dean’s Breakfast Series Event Guest Speaker

The John Cook School of Business Dean’s Breakfast Series will feature Mark Higgins, Ph.D., dean of the Cook School on Tuesday, May 5. Dean Higgins will discuss the future of business education.  

The Dean’s Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with a complimentary networking breakfast, and Higgins’ presentation will begin at 8 a.m. in the Cook School’s A-B Auditorium. While the event is free and open to the public, registration is requested. Visit deansbreakfast.slu.edu for more information.

About Mark Higgins

mark-higgins-2014-preferred-200Mark Higgins, Ph.D., is the Dean of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, a position he assumed in January 2015. Prior to his appointment, he had served since 2006 as the Dean and Alfred J. Verrecchia Hasbro Inc. Leadership Chair in Business at the University of Rhode Island. 

Dr. Higgins began his academic career at the University of Rhode Island as an Assistant Professor in 1988.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Tennessee and is a CPA (inactive).  Prior to his tenure at URI, he was a Tax Manager for Ernst and Young (formerly Arthur Young) in New York City.  He currently serves as co-Chair of The Implementation Phase of the Pathways Commission — Charting a National Strategy for the Next Generation of Accountants a jointly sponsored effort of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Previously, he served as a Supply Chain leader for the initial Pathways Commission.

Dr. Higgins has served as President of the American Taxation Association (2006-2007) and on the Executive Committee of the American Accounting Association as Vice President for Sections and Regions (2006-2008).  He has twice served as the Program Chair and as President for the Northeast Region. In 2006, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Northeast Region of the American Accounting Association and in 2009 received the American Taxation Association Outstanding Service Award.  In 2011, he served at the request of the Rhode Island State Treasurer as part of a 12 member advisory group to offer recommendations on Rhode Island’s $7.5 billion unfunded pension liability.  In 2008, he served on the Rhode Island Governors Tax Policy Workforce.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for Beta Alpha Psi from 2008-2011. 

Since 2012 he has served on the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the AACSB. Currently, he is a Trustee on the Providence Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on their Innovation Policy Council. He is a member of the Investment Committee for the University Rhode Island Foundation and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee for South County Hospital. He also is a member of the governing council and audit chair for the Rhode Island Joint Reinsurance Association. 

He is the co-author, along with Kevin Murphy, of Concepts in Taxation in its twenty-third edition. His research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Education, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, The Accounting Historians Journal, The Tax Adviser, Journal of Legal Tax Research, and Tax Notes.

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