Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University

Faculty & Research

Dr. C. Douglass Izard

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Resource Professor of Accounting

C. Douglass Izard, PhD is a Resource Professor in Accounting & Finance in the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University. Doug began his career in public accounting with KPMG and followed by several other firms including owning and operating his own CPA practice in Mississippi and Tennessee for 20 years.  He was a certified public accountant in the states of Mississippi and Tennessee for over 25 years.  On completing his PhD, he joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee where he chaired the tax faculty and was Director of the Master of Accountancy program. At the University of Tennessee, he developed and taught courses in Tax Research, Tax Planning, Taxation for Business Decisions, Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders, Individual Taxation, Financial Accounting, and Taxation of Partnerships and S Corporations.  

He left UT to become Dean, School of Taxation at the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC.  As Dean he was responsible for all taxation education and training at the IRS.  He left IRS to return to KPMG as National Director of Tax Knowledge Management.  As Director, he was responsible for developing and implementing the internal and external tax knowledge and information sharing systems for KPMG. He was then promoted to Chief Knowledge Officer for the Americas where he helped develop KWORLD, the global knowledge sharing system for KPMG worldwide. He left to join IBM where was part of the team which developed On-Demand Workplace , IBM's knowledge management and workplace portal. Then as a consulting manager for IBM in Global Services sold and implemented the On-Demand Workplace focusing on the learning services component. He later became the Licensing Manager for Intellectual Property for the Americas at IBM. 

Doug is a retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel (Active, Reserves and National Guard) and a graduate of US Army War College. He was Chief Finance & Accounting Officer, Tennessee Army National Guard when he retired and had commanded a Finance Battalion.

After "retiring", he established two real estate companies in Florida, later becoming CFO for Ice House America, a fast growing Jacksonville-based company operating in 26 states and five foreign countries. As CFO he led the company through conversion from tax-based accounting to GAAP, through their first independent audit and finally through a leverage ESOP. Retiring again, he started teaching as an adjunct at Jacksonville University.

Dr. Izard has a Ph. D. in Accountancy, the first such degree in the US, from the University of Mississippi, a MBA from Mississippi College, and a BS in Accounting from Delta State University.  He has authored more than 45 articles which have appeared in journals such as The Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Tax Adviser, The Practical Accountant, The Tax Executive, Issues in Accounting Education, and The Journal of Accounting Education.  Doug has frequently been an invited speaker at tax conferences and institutes.  He is former president of the Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and has chaired a number of committees of the American Taxation Association and several State Societies of CPAs.  Doug is married to the former Ellen Reinhart, and he has a son and two stepdaughters.  Doug and Ellen are avid boaters and enjoy all outside activities in addition to reading. His inside hobbies are woodworking and technology.