Sharon Lassar, PhD, CPA
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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
Sharon Lassar

Biography at a Glance

Sharon Lassar, PhD and CPA (Florida), is the John J. Gilbert Professor and director of the Daniels College of Business School of Accountancy. Lassar has served the accounting profession in a variety of roles. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Society of CPAs, the Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and is Vice President of Program and Organization Value of the Accounting Programs Leadership Group – the 300 members of the American Accounting Association responsible for running academic accounting programs across the country.

Her greatest contributions have been in bringing more diversity to the profession. As former vice president of the Florida Institute of CPAs 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.

Lassar received the 2005 American Taxation Association/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award for a web-based training program she developed to supplement advanced tax courses. She has published award-winning research in journals such as Journal of Accountancy, 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

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