Department Chair of Accounting and Finance and Associate Professor of Accounting
Robert Boylan graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BS in Accounting. He captained the varsity basketball team and led his team into the NCAA tournament. He holds an MBA from University of New Hampshire and a PhD from Duke University. His PhD thesis, "Tax Aspects of the Endogenous Deterioration of Capital”, combines aspects of Accounting and Finance and concerns the tax ramifications surrounding the acquisition and use of physical capital.
He started his career at the accounting firm Main Hurdman, (now part of Peat Marwick), where he became a CPA. While at Peat Marwick he specialized in tax and financial strategy. After receiving his PhD, he has continued his interest in financial strategy and has actively consulted at companies such as Albany International, IBM, General Electric, and numerous small firms. He also has managed a small consulting firm, which is dedicated to the design and implementation of financial strategies for individuals and small firms.
He is currently an Associate Professor in the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and Director of the Accounting Program. He is recognized as one of the best teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is actively pursuing research in many areas including auditing, asset protection, and strategic modeling for corporate decision-making. His paper, “The Semiconductor Silicon Industry Roadmap: Epochs Driven by the Dynamics between Disruptive Technologies and Core Competencies”, was awarded “Paper of the Year for 2006” by Technological Forecasting and Social Change, a top tier journal.