Dennis (Denny) R. Beresford
J.M. Tull School of Accounting | Terry Executives

Executive-in-Residence

Office
B304 Moore-Rooker Hall
610 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA, 30602
Phone Numbers
Work706-542-3502
Email Address
Documents
Vita

Biography

Dennis R. Beresford is Executive in Residence at the J. M. Tull School of Accounting, Terry College of Business, University of Georgia. From July 1997 through June 2013 he was Ernst & Young Executive Professor of Accounting. From January 1987 through June 1997 he was chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board. Previously, he was national director of accounting standards for Ernst & Young. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California.

Denny previously served on the boards of National Service Industries, Inc., WorldCom (MCI), Inc., Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Fannie Mae, and Legg Mason, Inc. He was also a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors and he presently serves on the Financial Reporting Committee of the Institute of Management Accountants.

In 1995, Denny was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from DePaul University. In 2004 he was elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame and received the AICPA Gold Medal for distinguished service. In 2006 he was selected as one of the inaugural inductees of Financial Executives International Hall of Fame. In 2012 the Journal of Accountancy named him as one of the "125 people of impact in accounting" as among those who have had the most impact on the accounting profession since the AICPA was founded in 1887. In 2013 he received the Institute of Management Accountants first Distinguished Member Award. In 2019 the National Association of Corporate Directors elected him to its Hall of Fame.

Education

BS, Accounting, University of Southern California, 1961

Prior Professional Positions

Doosan Infracore International, Inc., Director, 2010 to 2014

Legg Mason, Inc., Director, 2002 to 2013

Fannie Mae, Director, 2006 to 2012

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Director, 2002 to 2011

MCI, Inc., Director, 2002 to 2006

Financial Accounting Standards Board, Chairman, 1987 to 1997

Ernst & Young, Partner in Charge of Accounting Standards, 1961 to 1986

Awards

National Association of Corporate Directors Hall of Fame, 2019

Distinguished Member Award, Institute of Management Accountants, 2013

100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance, Directorship Magazine, 2009

Hall of Fame, Financial Executives International, 2006

Accounting Hall of Fame, Ohio State University, 2004

Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, American Institute of CPAs, 2004

Lifetime Achievement Award, California Society of CPAs, 1997

Honorary Doctorate, DePaul University, 1995

Service

Public Company Accounting Standards Board, Member of Standing Advisory Group, 2010 – 2013, Professional

Financial Reporting Committee - Institute of Management Acco, Member, 1997 – present, Professional

Atlanta CFO Roundtable, Chairman of Advisory Board, 2004 – 2012, Professional

National Association of Corporate Directors, Director/audit committee chair, 2009 – 2017, Professional

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting