Sharon Lassar, PhD, CPA
John J. Gilbert Professor; Director, School of Accountancy; Associate Dean, Office Executive and Professional MBA Programs
Endowed Chair, Office of Executive and Professional MBA Programs, School of Accountancy
Biography at a Glance
Sharon Lassar, PhD and CPA (Florida), is the John J. Gilbert Endowed Professor, Associate Dean for Executive and Professional Programs, Daniels College of Business and, Director, School of Accountancy. Lassar earned a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, a Master of Taxation at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts and a Bachelor in Accounting from West Virginia University.
Lassar has served academe and the profession in a variety of roles. Lassar is the 2017-18 President of the Accounting Program LeadershipGroup, a 300 member organization of those who manage academic accounting programs in higher education. She is the 2015-17 chair of the Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) where she steers policy for this 400,000 member organization regarding the education requirements to become a licensed CPA. The committee assists the academic community in preparing students with the core competencies needed for entry into the CPA profession by recommending continuous improvements in curricula, instructional materials, and pedagogy. It also encourages and supports the recruitment of talented students into the profession. Finally, she is the 2017-18 President of the Education Foundation of the Colorado Society of CPAs where she helps raise funds and distribute $112,000 of scholarships to Colorado students.
Before moving to Colorado in 2010, Lassar was actively engaged with the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, including as Vice President from 2009-2010. She directed several key initiatives at the FICPA, including transforming financial literacy and women’s leadership development initiatives into standing programs. She has also served on a variety of committees of the AICPA and as Minority Issues Chair of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel, to which she was appointed by Treasury Secretary O’Neil.
Dr. Lassar’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Taxation, Taxes – The Tax Magazine, The CPA Journal, The Journal of Legal Tax Research, and Tax Adviser.
Academic Professional Activities
- Colorado Society of CPAs, Board of Directors
- Accounting Programs Leadership Group of the American Accounting Association
- Community College of Aurora, Business Advisory Board
- PhD, University of Southern California
- Master’s, Taxation, Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts
- Bachelor’s, Accounting, West Virginia University