John A. Elliott
Interim Provost and Auran J. Fox Chair in Business
University of Connecticut
John A. Elliott is the Interim Provost at the University of Connecticut, a position he accepted in March 2019.
John joined UConn in 2012 as the Dean of the School of Business and the Auran J. Fox Chair in Business. John is currently the Chair of AACSB International– The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business—considered the ‘gold’ standard accrediting body for business schools. The organization has 840 member business schools worldwide.
“AACSB-accredited programs are committed to continuous improvement,” Elliott said. “We share ‘best practices’ and are determined to advance business education, whether in accounting, finance, innovation and entrepreneurship, data analytics or tomorrow’s emerging specialties.”
“It is an honor for UConn to be recognized as a leader in the field of business education and a champion for higher standards in education, not only among our peers across the nation, but around the world,” he said. AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence and professional development services to business schools worldwide and advocates for collaboration between academe and industry.
John also serves as Chair of The PhD Project Academic Advisory Council. A founding member of the organization, he has been inducted into its Hall of Fame. The Ph,D. Project is a catalyst for African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans to return to academia to earn their doctorates and become business professors. As faculty, they serve as role models in attracting and mentoring minority students and preparing all students for a diverse workplace.
John earned a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Maryland, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was previously the Dean at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, which is part of the City University of New York (CUNY), Vice President of Baruch College, and the Irwin and Arlene Ettinger Professor of Accountancy.
Prior to accepting the Deanship at the Zicklin School, he spent 20 years on the faculty at Cornell University”s Johnson Graduate School of Management and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. John is a certified public accountant with professional experience as an auditor and consultant for Arthur Andersen & Co. and in the controller’s office of the Westinghouse Defense and Space Center.
During his career in academia, John’s teaching responsibilities have included financial accounting, intermediate accounting, financial statement analysis, taxation and extensive executive teaching. His research is concentrated on the role of accounting information in financial analysis and contracts. His award-winning work has been widely published. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Liquidnet, a private company.
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