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2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Dr. Robert Boylan

Dr. Robert Boylan

Professor of Accounting; Guy Botts Chair of Finance

Davis College of Business

Email address  rboylan@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7496
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Office location  Davis College of Business, 235

Bob Boylan graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BS in Accounting. He was elected captain of 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 investment in physical capital.

He started his career at the accounting firm Main Hurdman, (now part of Peat Marwick), where he became a CPA. 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 manages a small consulting firm, which is dedicated to the design and implementation of financial and tax strategies for individuals and small firms.

He is currently a Full Professor in the Davis School of Business at Jacksonville University and Chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. He is recognized as one of the best teachers at the Davis School and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. He is actively pursuing research in many areas including governance, pensions, and strategic modeling. He is also currently consulting with small firms in the finance and analytics area.


  • Ph.D. - Economics - Duke University
  • M.B.A. - Accounting, Finance - University of New Hampshire
  • B.A. - Accounting - Franklin and Marshall College

Academic Experience

  • Visiting Professor of Accounting, University of North Florida, 2002-03
  • Clinical Professor of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1987-2002
  • Professor of Accounting, Duxx School of Business Leadership, 2000-02
  • Lecturer of Economics, Duke University, 1982-87

Professional Experience

  • Certified Public Accountant, 1991-Present
  • Senior Auditor & Senior Tax Consultant, KPMG, 1980-82

Recent Research

  • “The Impact of the Net Percentage Growth Rate in the Number of Small Firms onDifferential State-level Employment Growth Rates in the U.S.: An Exploratory Empirical Note”, with Richard Cebula, Vikas Argawal, and Donnie Horner,
  • Applied Economics Letters, Vol 23, issue 3, 2016 pages 167-170.
    “Panel Data Analysis of Regional Differentials in the Registered Voter Turnout Rate and the Expected Benefits of Voting for Minorities” with Richard J. Cebula, Christopher M.Duquette, Atlantic Economic Journal, March 2017 "
  • The impact of labor freedom on geographic cost of living differentials: Controlling for economic and quality of life factors", Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Vol. 6 Issue: 3, pp.385-395 with Richard Cebula, James E. Payne, Donnie Horner,
    (2017), https:// doi.org/10.1108/JEPP-D-17-0001