EandB Connect : Issue 13 Nov 2010
ALUMNI MAGAZINE 2010 THE FACULTY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS 9 Professor of Accounting and Finance in 1989. He had previously held lecturing positions at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney, and a Readership at the University of Tasmania. He has also been appointed to visiting professorial and research positions at the University of Utah, University of Kansas, University of Glasgow, Czech Management Center, University of Canterbury, and Korea University. Peter strongly believes in research collaboration, the importance of industry associations and has been dedicated to the recruitment of highly regarded professors into the academic ranks of the faculty from universities across Australia and around the world. He says the reason for this is to develop leadership capabilities in emerging fields, increase the quality of research output and improve the student experience. Peter's own research in the field of accounting continues to be a passion and his commitment to this has been a driving part of his tenure. His principal area of interest is financial accounting and auditing. While his work has been published extensively in the international academic literature, Peter's collaboration and friendship with the internationally renowned accounting practitioner and former Chief Accountant to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the USA, Walter P. Schuetze, in producing Mark to Market Accounting: 'True North' in Financial Reporting, (Routledge, London, 2003), was a career highlight. His prodigious work ethic is legendary and his board and committee appointments are many. He is proudly a Fellow of both CPA Australia and The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. As an impressive orator, Peter has presided over hundreds of graduations, awards ceremonies and celebratory dinners and his pride at the achievements of the students in his care is palpable. It is a regular occurrence at events such as these to see Peter holed up with an eager student and their parents discussing how they came to be there and what the future holds. He takes great delight in engaging with young minds and fostering talent. While acknowledging the importance of the faculty's international accreditations and transformation into an internationally recognised business school, Peter's principal focus has been on nurturing and resourcing a respectful academic community to which bright and creative thinkers are attracted and in which scholarly excellence flourishes. As a result, many illustrious alumni have been welcomed back to the University and engaged in the life of the faculty. Peter is looking forward to the next phase of his life with his wife Gaye and their two sons Tim and Simon, both of whom are Sydney alumni. He spontaneously acknowledges his 'deep gratitude for their unfailing and loving support' throughout his career. The beneficial mark he leaves on the University of Sydney will continue to be felt for many years to come.
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