EisnerAmper's Richard Fisher Recognized as Accounting's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Richard Fisher ‘75 Accounting was recognized at this month’s banquet for Beta Alpha Psi—an international honors organization for accounting students and professionals—as the Penn State Smeal College of Business Accounting Department Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
“We’re delighted to honor Rick this year as our Accounting Alumnus of the Year for his outstanding career success as well as his service to the College,” said Steven Huddart, chair of the Department of Accounting. “This award is a way for us to show our pride in our many accomplished alumni, and to recognize those who remain deeply involved with Smeal students.”
“This award is a way for us to show our pride in our many accomplished alumni, and to recognize those who remain deeply involved with Smeal students.”
Fisher is the co-partner-in-charge of human resources at EisnerAmper, a firm offering accounting, consulting, and tax services. He has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, audit, and human resources—more than 20 of them at the partner level.
Fisher’s responsibilities at EisnerAmper include a unique combination of recruiting, career development, compensation, and development of personnel policies and budgeting. He is also the plan administrator of the firm’s retirement plans and insurance programs. One of his major tasks has been overseeing a series of mergers that have seen his firm grow to over 1,300 professionals.
Committed to Penn State, Fisher serves on the Accounting Advisory Board, a group of alumni from academia and industry interested in promoting accounting education and furthering its development and practice. In addition, he has created the Fisher Mentoring Endowment in Accounting to support teaching assistant wages in the Master of Accounting Program.
Fisher credits his early interest and academic success in accounting to a teaching assistant who was able to explain the mechanics of debits and credits during his early days at Penn State. A recorded version of this story is used to help new teaching assistants how important and useful their work is to today’s students.
Rick Fisher’s connections to Penn State are deep. His father graduated from Penn State, his nephew is a current student, and his daughter Lauren is a 2013 graduate of the Integrated MAcc program.