About the CEFR Director

Steven Mezzio, Director

Steven S. Mezzio, Ph.D., CPA, is a former Audit and Consulting Partner with PwC, and currently serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting for the Pace University Lubin School of Business. In 2012, he joined as a full time Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting, while at the same time enrolled in a doctoral (Ph.D.) program at New York University (NYU). In 2016 he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. From 2002-2011 he served as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting, while working full-time in Professional Services.

Dr. Mezzio received his Ph.D. in 2017 from New York University (NYU), specializing in Higher Education Administration and Workplace Learning; a Master's Degree in Accounting from the University of Miami; a BBA Degree in Public Accounting from Pace University.

Dr. Mezzio specializes in courses in External and Internal Auditing; Accounting Systems; Enterprise Risk Management (ERM); Advanced Accounting; Principles of Accounting for students in the International Exchange Program; Courses assisting freshman with acclimating to university life. He has developed courses in ERM, and he is Course Coordinator for courses in ERM and Internal Auditing. In 2015, his joint proposal with Morgan Stanly on Embedding Data Analytic Learning in a Flipped Classroom was selected for presentation at the AAA Conference on Teaching and Leaning in Accounting (CTLA).

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Mezzio is the Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), an international honor organization serving Honors Students majoring in Accounting, Finance and Information Systems. He also serves as an Honors College thesis advisor, and is the Faculty Advisor for the Lubin School of Business Student team participating in the annual Deloitte Audit Innovation Campus Challenge Competition.

He is also a member of the following Committees: Faculty Development Committee; Experiential Learning Committees; Business School Constitution Select Committee; Business School Strategy Select Committee; Corporate Education Committee. He also proposed and created the Student Engagement Committee.

Dr. Mezzio currently serves a journal reviewer in his role as a member of the AICPA Journal of Accountancy Editorial Advisory Board. Additional research and publication activities include quantitative research published in 2016 associated with Business School delivery of non-degree Executive Education, signals of quality, organizational boundaries and press rankings. Over the years he has authored articles appearing in the following publications: Strategic Risk; Internal Auditor; IT Audit; Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance.

Dr. Mezzio's current professional experience includes the following roles.

  • President of the Board of Trustees for the NYSSCPA Foundation for Accounting Education (FAE);
  • National Instructor, AICPA COSO Internal Control Certificate CPE Program;
  • Audit Committee Advisor, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance;
  • Community Board of Advisors, PBS Channel Thirteen in NYC.

His prior Professional Services experience includes progressing from Audit Staff to Partner in the PwC Audit Practice, National Auditing Services Group and Risk and Internal Audit Consulting Services practices. He also served as Global Leader of the Risk, Internal Audit, and Sarbanes-Oxley Advisory Services Practice for RGP, a publically-traded company that was originally part of Deloitte.

He is a frequent speaker, including a NYSSCPA-sponsored series, titled Voices of the Profession, a web-based panel discussion on the topic of Non-GAAP Earnings (May 2017), and a 2017 Columbia University Symposium on Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs)-Related Disclosures.

His previous service roles included: AICPA Content Committee member responsible for the most recent transformation of the Uniform CPA Exam (2012-2016); Selected as the Higher Education representative serving on the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) SEC Regulations Committee (2013-2016); Member of a cohort that contributed to the creation of the SASB's first certification examination, Fundamentals in Sustainability Accounting (2013-2016): Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Auditing Standards Board.