Gary McGill

Fisher School Director named outstanding educator

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Gary McGill, Associate Dean and Director of the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, received the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award from the American Taxation Association (ATA) this summer at the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting.

The Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award recognizes, honors and rewards the outstanding contributions of a faculty member teaching taxation at a recognized academic institution. Recipients are recognized for their distinguished career including their work in curriculum and program development, superior research and teaching, participation in student activities, service to an academic institution, participation in professional activities, and activities which further taxation as an academic field of study and research.

“I am honored,” McGill said. “Many of the prior recipients of this award were valuable mentors and role models to me. To be recognized in this group is humbling.”

The award is chosen by an awards committee after carefully reviewing nomination packages submitted by current and former ATA members. McGill is the second recipient of the award from the University of Florida, with Jack Kramer selected as the awardee in 2001.

McGill has been with the Fisher School of Accounting for 32 years. He began as an Assistant Professor in 1986, became the Director of the Fisher School of Accounting in 2006, an Associate Dean of the Warrington College of Business in 2007, and was named the J. Roy Duggan Endowed Professor in 2012. He held the PwC Endowed Professorship from 1999 to 2012.

He has taught various graduate and undergraduate tax and accounting courses, including a graduate course in international taxation and a doctoral course in accounting research. He has been recognized several times for his teaching at the school, college, and university level. He has published countless journal articles, book chapters and research reports, as well as co-authored six books. He is an expert in federal income taxation, international taxation and accounting for income taxes.

McGill is the recipient of competitive research grants from Deloitte, EY, PwC, the AICPA, the Andrus Foundation, Fannie Mae’s Housing Policy Research Division, the National Association of Realtors and the National Homebuilder’s Association. He provided invited testimony to the Senate Finance Committee hearings on Enron in 2003 (with E. Outslay), received the JATA Outstanding Paper Award in 2012 (with M. Donohoe), and the ATA Outstanding Manuscript Award in 2005 (with E. Outslay).

He has served on the editorial boards of The Journal of the American Taxation Association and Advances in Taxation and as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting Literature. He has also served on the boards of the American Taxation Association and the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA), including as President of the FSA. He was awarded the FSA/Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award in 2015, and was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Faculty Award in 2015 from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Texas Tech, his MPA in Taxation and BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington.