Following a 32-year career as a tax partner with Ernst & Young (EY), Barry Gershenovitz ’85 (accounting) is leading change for the tax program at his alma mater. He is a professor of taxation and director of external relations for Mihaylo College’s Department of Accounting. He discusses his vision for the tax program and how alumni and professionals can give back, the tax courses he teaches, and how students can get started in the industry.
For Barry Gershenovitz ’85, earning an undergraduate degree in accounting at Cal State Fullerton’s business school established the foundation for a rewarding career and life. As a student, he was president of the Cal State Fullerton chapter of the accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), which laid the groundwork for what would be more than three decades of service to the accounting program at his alma mater. It would be through BAP that he would meet his future wife, Camille, the daughter of an economics professor at CSUF. The couple were married at the Fullerton Arboretum in 1986.
Today, accounting runs deep in the lifelong Orange County resident’s family. His wife and stepmother-in-law hold CPA certifications and his son is studying accounting.
But for the elder Gershenovitz, who had little exposure to accounting during his upbringing, it would be high school aptitude tests that would first spark an interest in the field. “I took a bookkeeping class in high school and it seemed to come easy to me. They didn’t have another accounting class, but I became an assistant for the teacher, so they gave me special tutoring assignments,” he says. “I then declared accounting as my major at CSUF and took my first two accounting classes here, which were easy, so I stayed at it.” Read More