Gary Previts

E. Mandell de Windt Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development. Professor, Accountancy. Cook Prize Committee, Donor''s Representative , American Accounting Association. Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University. Member , Advisory Council, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. Member, Accountability Advisory Council, United States Government Accountability Office. Trustee, The Academy of Accounting Historians, Section of the American Accounting Association at Weatherhead School of Management


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Gary J. Previts, PhD, CPA, is coauthor of the widely referenced A HISTORY OF ACCOUNTANCY IN THE UNITED STATES and is the editor of the journal RESEARCH IN ACCOUNTING REGULATION. His numerous publications investigate the development of accounting thought and the regulation of accounting, as well as events, policy-setting entities and educational policies and practices.

Previts is the recipient of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Gold Medal and also received the 2010 Outstanding Educator award from the American Accounting Association (AAA), among numerous other awards. He has served as president of both the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) and the AAA, and as a member of the AICPA Board of Directors. He has also been a member of the Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession convened by the U.S. Department of Treasury.

In 2011, Previts was selected as a Distinguished University Professor of Case Western Reserve and was elected to the Accounting Hall of Fame at The Ohio State University. He is the E. Mandell de Windt Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development.

Previts has conducted research for the AICPA Special Committee on Financial Reporting and the Business Reporting Research Project of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). He is a member of the Accountability Advisory Council of the U. S. Government Accountability Office and serves on the Advisory Council of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB).

Previts recently served as a technical advisor to the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) and as a sponsor’s representative to the “Pathways” Commission, a national body formed to study higher education for accountants. In 2014, he presented seminars at the Said Business School, Oxford University, UK, and the School of Business at Edinburgh University, Scotland.

Previts received his PhD from the University of Florida and his MAcc from The Ohio State University. He was initially appointed to Case Western Reserve in 1979 and presently teaches undergraduate advanced seminars and graduate-level Advanced Accounting Theory.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Member, Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, United States Department of the Treasury, 2007 - 2008
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past, American Accounting Association , 2007 - 2008
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Accounting History (AUS), 1997 - 2012
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Accounting Historians Journal, 1993 - Present
  • Editor, Guest/Special Issue, Abacus, 1988 - 2011
  • Accreditation Team Member; Focus Group Advisory Member , AACSB, 1984 - 2017
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past, Academy of Accounting Historians, 1973 - 1975


  • Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award, American Accounting Association, Academy of Accounting Historians Section. (2017).
  • Best Paper Award 2014 Accounting Historians Journal, The Academy of Accounting Historians . (2014).
  • 125 People of Impact in Accounting: Leaders who left a mark on the profession , American Institute of CPAs. (2012).
  • Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University . (2011).
  • The Accounting Hall of Fame, The Ohio State University. (2011).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, The Association of Accounting and Finance Academics of Turkey. (2010).
  • 2010 Outstanding Educator, The American Accounting Association. (2010).
  • Gold Medal for Service, The American Insitute of CPAs. (2007).
  • Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the CPA Profession, The Ohio Society of CPA. (2002).
  • Research Recognition Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2000).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Accounting Education, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.. (1996).
  • Theodore M. Alfred Distinguished Service Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (1995).
  • Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Award of Merit, Federation of Schools of Accountancy. (1991).

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