Dennis (Denny) R. Beresford


A315 Moore-Rooker Hall
610 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
Phone Numbers
Work 706-542-3502
Mobile 706-207-1840
Email Address


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 is also a member of the board of directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors and 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’s 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.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation Year
  • Accounting
University of Southern California

Areas of Expertise

  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
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


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Distinguished Member Award
Institute of Management Accountants
100 Most Influential People in Corporate Governance
Directorship Magazine
Hall of Fame
Financial Executives International
Accounting Hall of Fame
Ohio State University
Gold Medal for Distinguished Service
American Institute of CPAs
Lifetime Achievement Award
California Society of CPAs
Honorary Doctorate
DePaul University

Editorial Appointments

Position Name of Journal Year(s)
Editorial Board
The CPA Journal
2000 - 2004
Associate Editor
Accounting Horizons
2000 - 2003


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
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 - present Professional