Fisher School of Accounting
The Fisher School of Accounting provides a rich environment for the study of accounting. Students in the program experience a curriculum dedicated to growth in a complex and important field.
Accounting at UF traces its roots back to 1923 when the first accounting course was offered. From the few first course offerings the demand for more grew and in 1947 the department of accounting was officially formed with 255 students. With continued growth, the department formed into an experimental School in 1977, and the faculty Senate voted to make the School permanent in 1983. It was ultimately renamed the Fisher School of Accounting in 1985 to honor alumnus Fredrick Fisher. Today, Gerson Hall houses the Fisher School of Accounting administrative offices, its faculty, and students. The 36,000 square foot, 9.3 million dollar structure was dedicated on April 10, 2004. An extensive chronicle of the School’s history is available at our Commemorative Gallery.
The School’s faculty have earned Ph.D. degrees from the nation’s leading universities and are committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. The faculty produce important scholarly work, serve as editors and referees for major accounting journals, and participate in service to professional and government organizations at the international, national, and state levels.
The quality of accounting students is exceptional. This is evidenced by their successes highlighted in these pages. Each generation of graduates contributes to the School’s success. Alumni become leaders in the business world and academia, and their generous financial support allows the Fisher School to offer a world-class environment for learning, scholarship, and growth.
The Fisher School is committed to providing global thought leadership by developing future professional and academic leaders through graduate education programs, creating influential research, and engaging with the global professional community.
Our mission reflects the Fisher School’s commitment to enhancing the intellectual capital of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as our intent to instill an ethic of lifelong learning in our students. The mission reflects the importance we place in our graduate programs to produce ethical and thoughtful leaders of the accounting profession, to develop the faculty of the future, and to contribute to research that solves current and future problems.
- Theme 1: Deliver high-quality academic programs that produce graduates who will lead the profession as well as benefit society
- Theme 2: Invest in intellectual capital
- Theme 3: Build and manage sustainable and productive professional relationships
- Theme 4: Build and manage a sustainable foundation of financial and other resources
The Fisher School serves business and accounting professionals and educators through innovative and high-quality teaching and research with a focus on providing the education necessary for successful careers in leadership positions. The School promotes the understanding and practice of accounting and business through its research, teaching and service.
- The achievement of continuous improvement.
- Knowledge enhancement through high-quality research, which is broadly defined to include discovering new knowledge, integrating and applying that knowledge, and communicating it to others.
- High-quality, innovative and relevant professional and doctoral education.
- Broad faculty and staff involvement in the full range of mission-related activities by recognizing and utilizing the unique skills and contributions of individual faculty and staff members.
- The sentiments and advice of the faculty are important to faculty governance.
- Academic excellence in all actions undertaken to fulfill our mission.
- An environment of collegiality and mutual respect.
- Active participation and support by our alumni and friends for our programs.
- Outreach to the business and professional community.