The Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. School of Business
Full Name: Mary Kay Copeland
Professor of Accounting
B.S., M.B.A., University of Buffalo; Ph.D., Regent University; Additional Studies: Northeastern Seminary.
Dr. Copeland, a CPA, joined Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2017 as a professor
of accounting with the goal of combining her passion for teaching and ministry. She
holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of Buffalo,
a nearly completed master’s degree in theology from Northeastern Seminary, and a Ph.D.
from Regent University. She has previously taught accounting, enterprise systems,
finance and entrepreneurship for ten years at several AACSB-accredited schools, including
the University of Buffalo, Bowling Green State University and St. John Fisher College.
Prior to completing her Ph.D., Dr. Copeland had a career in public accounting and
consulting. This included 11 years of consulting, where she founded and managed a
regional consulting firm; five years as an auditor and consultant with professional
auditing company KPMG, and four years as a CFO at PSINet. She has also spent much
of her life involved in Christian ministry in her church, Young Life and Fellowship
of Christian Athletes. Dr. Copeland has published a number of books, textbooks and
journal articles on topics in managerial accounting, accounting information systems,
and ethical and values-based leadership. One paper, The Importance of Ethical Leadership
in the Accounting Profession, won both a Best Research/Best Paper award at the National
American Accounting Association Conference in 2013 and the Outstanding Author Contribution
in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence by Emerald Publishing.
In 2016 she served as the conference chair for the American Accounting Association’s
northeast region, and in 2017 she served as the NE region’s president. Dr. Copeland
is an active member on the Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance National Board.