Why Zicklin


Interim Dean

Paquita Y. Davis-Friday is the Interim Dean of the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a Professor in the Stan Ross Department of Accountancy. She was previously the Senior Associate Dean, Administration and Finance, and was also Executive Director of Graduate Programs in the Zicklin School from April 2013 until December 2017. She earned her PhD 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 PhD 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.