Gary McGill holding an award with two representatives from the American Accounting Association
Gary McGill is the first recipient of the Jim Benjamin Lifetime Service Award following its inaugural presentation in 2020 to its namesake, James “Jim” Benjamin of Texas A&M University.

McGill honored for lifetime contributions to accounting education by premier accounting organization

Gary McGill, Senior Associate Dean of the Warrington College of Business, Director of the Fisher School of Accounting and Director of the Hough Graduate School of Business was awarded the Jim Benjamin Lifetime Service Award at the February meeting of the Leadership in Accounting Education Section of the American Accounting Association.

The award recognizes outstanding lifetime contributions to accounting education. McGill is the first recipient of this award after its inaugural presentation in 2020 to its namesake, James “Jim” Benjamin of Texas A&M University. Since 1986 McGill has been involved with the American Accounting Association, the premier community of accountants in academia.  

“Jim Benjamin is a friend and mentor to me,” McGill said. “I am humbled to receive this award that honors his service and commitment to high quality accounting education.”

McGill has been previously recognized for his lifetime contributions to tax education with the American Taxation Association’s Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award in 2018 and the Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award for outstanding contributions to student and accounting program development in 2014.

McGill is the longest serving Director of the Fisher School, appointed in 2006. His tenure as Fisher School Director has seen a major rebuilding of the accounting faculty as well as the coordination of major curriculum revisions at both the undergraduate and master’s level in the Fisher School, including the creation of the auditing and taxation concentrations in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree.

McGill joined the UF faculty in 1986. He has published over 60 journal articles, book chapters, or research reports, co-authored six books and has received numerous teaching awards at UF. McGill is a frequent lecturer on international tax, federal tax, and accounting for income taxes for academic, professional, and government organizations, including providing invited testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee hearings on Enron.

McGill has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate tax and accounting courses as well as doctoral courses in tax research and accounting research. McGill has chaired over 20 Ph.D. or DBA dissertation committees and served on 32 Ph.D. or DBA dissertation committees.