Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University

Faculty & Research

Dr. Hugh Van Seaton

AACSBAACSB Accreditation

Resource Professor of Accounting and Finance.

Dr. Hugh Van Seaton is Resource Professor of Accounting and Finance at Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business. Dr. Seaton's research interests include Performance Management, Organizational Theory, Six Sigma, Continuous Process Improvement and various accounting and finance topics. Dr. Seaton has a diverse background in corporate finance and accounting, with experience in Commercial and International Banking, Investment Banking, and Government Finance. Dr. Seaton is a member of the Financial Executives International (FEI), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for collegiate schools of business, and  the Phi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education.

Dr. Seaton serves the community in his role as an audit committee member for Community First Credit Union of Florida, as a member of the board of the FEI Northern Florida Chapter, and also as a member of the Board of Governors for the Northeast Florida Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. Dr. Seaton is past president of the Association of Government Accountants Jacksonville Chapter and a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, professional business fraternity. Dr. Seaton is a Certified Public Accountant, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, and a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.


Ed.D. - Accounting - University of North Florida
Dissertation Title: The Financial Implications and Organizational Cultural Perceptions of Implementing a Performance Management System in a Government Enterprise
M.S. - Commerce Finance and Accounting - St. Louis University
B.S. - Business & Public Administration Finance and Accounting - University of Missouri
Academic Experience
Resource Professor of Accounting & Finance, Jacksonville University, 2009 – Present
Adjunct Professor of Accounting & Finance, University of North Florida, 1994 - 2009
Professional Experience
Manager, Capital Project Financing, JEA, 1999- 2008
Regional Director, Southeast Region, BANK OF SCOTLAND,  1990 –1999
Senior Vice President, Investment Services Division, MARINE MIDLAND BANK,  1986 – 1990
Recent Scholarship & Research
Seaton, H. V. (2011/12). Contributed a chapter, titled “Performance management systems for social capital development”, in a new textbook “Large Scale Reform and Social Capital Building: The Professional Development Imperative”. The textbook is expected to be published in Spring 2013. (Journal Article, Professional Journal, Learning and Pedagogical Research)
Reviewer for a refereed journal/textbook “International Business: Research, Teaching and Practice”, a Cabell’s Commendable Journal (Professional Journal, Learning and Pedagogical Research)
Jacksonville Business Journal Accounting Issue; Hedging (Derivatives) Accounting article, “What does it all mean?” December, 2011
Personal Interests
Tennis, golf, running, reading, bridge, and spending time with family.