Gary McGill

Gary McGill named Senior Associate Dean and Hough Graduate School of Business Director

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Warrington College of Business is proud to announce the appointment of Gary McGill as Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Hough Graduate School of Business. In addition to his new role, McGill will continue to serve as Director of the Fisher School of Accounting.

“Gary’s leadership has been instrumental to the success of both the Fisher School and the College,” said Saby Mitra, Warrington College of Business Dean. “His insights and experience will be key to continuing the upward trajectory of the Hough Graduate School. I’m delighted to welcome him to this new role.”

McGill’s appointment as Senior Associate Dean and Hough Graduate School Director will begin on August 16, 2021, following Selcuk Erenguc’s departure after 16 years as Associate and Senior Associate Dean. Erenguc will return to his faculty role in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management. 

“I joined UF as a rookie Assistant Professor, simply hoping I could hang on to my job for at least 5 years,” McGill said. “Since that time, I’ve had the chance to work with world-class faculty, fantastic students, top-notch staff, and engaged alumni, and I’ve learned from all of them. It’s not an overstatement to say that I’ve had the best job in the world. I very much look forward to the challenges of my new role.”

McGill has a long history with Warrington, having joined the Fisher School of Accounting as an Assistant Professor in 1986. He earned his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University after spending several years in professional practice as a CPA in Dallas, Texas, his hometown. McGill served as the coordinator of the accounting Ph.D. program from 2002 to 2006 and has been director of the Fisher School since 2006. He also has served as an associate dean since 2007, with specific responsibility for the College’s information technology group and space assignments. Under his watch as Associate Dean, he coordinated the ‘spin off’ of the Teaching and Learning Center from the IT group and the logistics of space utilization during the year-long Bryan Hall renovation.

McGill is the longest serving Director of the Fisher School. He has shepherded the Fisher School through three AACSB peer reviews. His tenure as Fisher School Director has seen a major rebuilding of the accounting faculty, increasing the number of faculty from 13 in 2006 to 22 in 2020, with 17 of these faculty members hired under his watch. McGill coordinated 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. He oversaw the creation of an accounting minor, available to any UF student, as well as an online version available to UF Online students.

The last decade has seen the School’s U.S. News & World Report rankings for its undergraduate program rise to 6th among publics (11th overall) from 12th among publics (18th overall) and its master’s program rankings rise to 9th among publics (17th overall) from 13th among publics (27th overall). As Director, McGill has been involved in extensive outreach and development activities and has overseen the almost doubling of the Fisher School endowment from $20 million in 2006 to $39 million in 2020.

McGill currently holds the J. Roy Duggan Endowed Professorship and held the PwC Endowed Professorship from 1999 to 2011. He has published over 65 journal articles, book chapters, or research reports and has co-authored six books. 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. These include undergraduate courses in principles of accounting, introductory income taxation, advanced income taxation, and graduate courses in international taxation, international accounting and real estate taxation. He has taught doctoral courses in tax research and accounting research. He teaches in the College’s DBA program and its Post-Doctoral Bridge Program. McGill has chaired over 20 Ph.D. or DBA dissertation committees and served on 32 Ph.D. or DBA dissertation committees. Some his former Ph.D. students are tenured at top-tier accounting programs.

McGill was awarded the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award by the American Taxation Association (ATA) in 2018, the most prestigious award given by the ATA, representing lifetime scholarly achievement in the taxation field. He also was awarded the Federation of Schools of Accountancy/Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award in 2015, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Faculty Award in 2015 from the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University. McGill received The Journal of the American Taxation Outstanding Paper Award in 2012 (with M. Donohoe), and the ATA Outstanding Manuscript Award in 2005 (with E. Outslay).

McGill is the recipient of competitive research grants from Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Price Waterhouse, the AICPA, the Andrus Foundation, Fannie Mae’s Housing Policy Research Division, the National Association of Realtors and the National Homebuilder’s Association. He has received eight School, College, or University teaching awards. McGill 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 also has been a journal referee for most of the top journals in this field.

McGill is very active with professional organizations. He has served on the boards of the American Taxation Association and the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA), including as President of the FSA. He is currently Vice Chair of the AACSB’s Accounting Accreditation Committee and a member of the AACSB’s Accounting Accreditation Policy Committee. He also serves on the Education Committee of the Florida State Board of Public Accountancy.

Please join the Warrington College of Business in congratulating McGill on his new role and thanking him for his continued dedication to the College.