Paquita Y. Davis-Friday is a professor in the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy at the Zicklin School of Business. She was the interim dean of the Zicklin School from January to July 2023 and also served as a senior associate dean for from December 2017 until December 2022, and as the executive director of graduate programs from April 2013 until December 2017. She earned her Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where her dissertation received the 1997 Outstanding International Accounting Dissertation Award from the American Accounting Association. Before entering the Ph.D. program, she worked as an auditor for Deloitte in Detroit and as a tax accountant for Deloitte in Ann Arbor and was certified in 1992 by the State of Michigan as a public accountant.

Prof. Davis-Friday has taught principles of financial accounting, intermediate accounting and auditing to undergraduate students, financial reporting to MBA students and an international accounting research seminar to doctoral students. Her primary research interests are executive compensation and pensions and as a member of the American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting Standards Committee, Dr. Davis-Friday was a principal author of the Committee’s responses to the FASB’s Exposure Drafts on Share-Based Payments and Pensions.

Prof. Davis-Friday is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Pollyanna Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to helping institutions achieve their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.