Merrick School of Business Professor Named Academic Fellow for Federal SEC's Office of Chief Accountant
August 4, 2016
Contact: University Relations
Mikhail Pevzner, associate professor of accounting in the University of Baltimore's Merrick School of Business and program director of Merrick's Master in Accounting and Business Advisory Services program, has been appointed an Academic Accounting Fellow for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant. He will serve in this role in the SEC's Washington, D.C. offices beginning this August and continuing for one year.
The Office of the Chief Accountant acts as the primary adviser to the SEC on auditing and accounting matters. Academic Accounting Fellows serve as research resources for SEC staff by interpreting and communicating research materials as they relate to the agency.
The fellows have been assigned to ongoing projects in the Chief Accountant's office including rulemaking, monitoring the developments of the accounting and auditing standards-setting bodies, and consulting with registrants on accounting, auditing, independence and reporting matters.
"There is one word that describes Mikhail: engaged," said Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business. "He is involved with students; involved with the profession and involved in some of the highest level thought leadership in accounting today. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated professor."
Pevzner says he is deeply honored that the SEC has selected him to be one of the two visiting academic fellows during the upcoming academic year.
"I sincerely hope that my academic expertise in auditing and financial reporting will help the SEC in their very important mission of ensuring the effective regulatory oversight of the U.S. capital markets," he said. "I want to express my deep thanks to everyone within and outside UB for their support in my pursuit of this highly prestigious fellowship. I am very hopeful that the knowledge I will gain from working at the SEC will greatly benefit UB students and my faculty colleagues upon my return to teaching."
Pevzner earned a bachelor's in business administration with a focus in accounting from the University of Minnesota. He earned Ph.D. in business administration with concentration in accounting from Washington University in St. Louis and is a licensed CPA in Maryland and Minnesota. Pevzner is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Maryland Association of CPAs. He holds the Merrick School's EY Chair in Accounting and its Yale Gordon Chair in Distinguished Teaching. He also serves as academic director for the M.S. in Accounting and Business Advisory program.
Pevzner recently was awarded the school's Black & Decker Outstanding Article award for a co-authored paper entitled "When Firms Talk, Do Investors Listen? The Role of Trust in Stock Market Reactions to Corporate Earnings Announcements." The article, co-authored with Profs. Fei Xie of University of Delaware and Xiangang Xin of City University of Hong Kong, was published in July 2015 issue of Journal of Financial Economics.
Learn more about Prof. Pevzner.
The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.