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William Dresnack

Associate Professor

Department of Finance and Accounting
Saunders College of Business

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William Dresnack

Associate Professor

Department of Finance and Accounting
Saunders College of Business

Education

BS, Long Island University; MS, State University of New York at Binghamton; JD, University of Buffalo

Bio

Bill Dresnack is a New York-licensed CPA and attorney, with advanced degrees from Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo. He currently teaches courses in financial accounting and reporting, and has previously taught auditing and individual and corporate tax, among other courses. Prior to returning to a faculty position in 2011 he served as senior associate dean of the Saunders College for three years, and was previously head of the Department of Business and Economics at SUNY Brockport. Before entering academia he was employed by Deloitte, KPMG, and a large savings & loan association. , , Bill has served on several boards, and is currently a member of the New York State Board for Public Accountancy. He has authored 15 research papers on such topics as accounting education, investment accounting, and derivatives policy management. He was also a founding member of the Rochester area chapter of Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession, sponsored by the NY State Society of CPAs. He spends most of his spare time with his family, but also squeezes in time to play guitar, exercise for fun and fitness, play golf, and watch Marx Brothers and 1950's science fiction movies. He is also an avid baseball and rock and roll fan.


Areas of Expertise

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Published Conference Proceedings
Dresnack, W., Briggs, G., & Strieter, J. (2007). Academic Requirements to Sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant's Examination. Business Research Consortium of Western New York; 2nd Annual Conference; St. Bonaventure University.
Dresnack, W., Briggs, G., & Strieter, J. (2006). The 150-hour Requirement: Past, Present, and Future. Proceedings of the Business Research Consortium of Western New York.
Dresnack, W., & Strieter, J. (2005). Expectations Versus Outcomes For The 150-Hour Requirement. Proceedings of the American Academy of Accounting and Finance Annual Conference, St. Pete Beach, FL.
Dresnack, W., (2004). Human Resource and Education Issues and the 150-Hour Requirement. Proceedings of the American Academy of Accounting and Finance Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Dresnack, W., & Keiser, J. (2004). Are Limited Liability Organizations Diminishing the Public Trust of the Professions? An Ethical Analysis,. Proceedings of the 4th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Business to the Business Ethics.
Invited Article/Publication
Dresnack, W., & Strieter, J. (2006). The 150-Hour Requirement: Perceived Impact on Quality and Image of the Profession. CPA Journal. . .
Dresnack, W., & Strieter, J. (2005). The Effectiveness of the 150-Hour Requirement. CPA Journal. . .
Dresnack, W., & Briggs, G. (2002). The AICPA Model Tax Curriculum in Graduate Accounting Programs. Tax Adviser. . .
Dresnack, W., Briggs, G., & Spitzer, J. (2000). Earnings Management in Non-financial Business Organizations Under Financial Accounting Standard No. 115. Journal of Contemporary Business Issues. . .
Dresnack, W., & Singh, S. (1999). A Derivatives Policy Framework for Manufacturing Firms. American Business Review. . .
Dresnack, W., & Singh, S. (1999). Six Steps to a Viable Derivatives Policy. AFP Exchange. . .
Dresnack, W., & Singh, S. (1998). Market Knowledge in Managed Municipal Bond Portfolios. Financial Services Review. . .

Currently Teaching

ACCT-210
3 Credits
Introduction to the use of accounting information by managers within a business. Explores the value of accounting information for the planning and controlling of operations, assessing the cost of a product/service, evaluating the performance of managers, and strategic decision making.
ACCT-365
3 Credits
In-depth consideration of generally accepted accounting principles and theory as they apply to the recognition and measurement of common liabilities and stockholders’ equity, as well as income taxes, pensions and leases. Issues related to dilutive securities, earnings per share, accounting changes, revenue recognition, and the statement of cash flows are also addressed. International Financial Reporting Standards are introduced as they relate to course subject matter.
ACCT-603
3 Credits
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout.
ACCT-705
3 Credits
Continuation of Corporate Continuation of Corporate Financial Reporting I with emphasis on equity and special measurement and reporting problems. Topics include liabilities and contingencies, stockholders’ equity, earnings per share, pensions, leases, revenue recognition, income tax accounting, and the statement of cash flows. International Financial Reporting Standards are introduced as they relate to course subject matter.
ACCT-740
3 Credits
This course is designed to prepare students to interpret and analyze financial statements effectively. Explores in greater depth some of the financial reporting topics introduced in the core accounting course and includes a discussion of International Financial Reporting Standards.
ACCT-801
2 Credits
This course provides an understanding of how accounting helps organizations achieve their goals. Special emphasis is given to the resolution of controversial accounting issues within the context of a firm's goals. Topics include standards and practices of financial reporting, financial statements, inventories, long-term assets, bonds and other liabilities, and stockholders' equity.
ACCT-802
2 Credits
Managerial Accounting emphasizes identifying and applying the techniques used by managerial accountants to measure the cost of goods and services produced by the firm. The course focuses on understanding how managerial accounting is used to help organizations achieve their goals.

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