Howard University Faculty


Frank Ross

Frank K. Ross, MBA, CPA

Professor (Visiting)


Frank K. Ross is currently the Director of the Howard University School of Business Center for Accounting Education and a Visiting Professor of Accounting teaching Auditing and Ethics. In December, 2003, he retired from KPMG LLP after providing over thirty-eight years of service. Prior to retiring, he was the Mid-Atlantic Area Managing Partner for Audit and Risk Advisory Services and Managing Partner of the Washington DC office. Frank was also a member of KPMG's Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board of the KPMG Foundation. In 1968, Frank was one of the nine co-founders and the first President of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). Frank is a graduate of Long Island University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting and an MBA degree. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Long Island University in 1998 and an Honorary Doctors of Humane Letters in 2001. He was the first graduate of their School of Business, Public Administration and Information Services to be so honored by the University. In 2004, the University of the District of Columbia also awarded Frank an Honorary Doctors of Humane letters. In October 2008, Accounting Today named Frank to its 2008 list of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. Also in October 2008, Diversity Edge named Frank to its 2008 list of 20 National Diversity Champions. Frank has also written a book about his life as an immigrant and successful certified public accountant (CPA) entitled, Quiet Guys Can Do Great Things, Too: A Black Accountant's Success Story. The book, which features a foreword written by former Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Parsons, is a classic and triumphant American tale; a parable of how one man's awe and inspiration at life's possibilities was not thwarted or halted by the darker realities of racism, segregation and discrimination. All proceeds from the sale of the book are earmarked for scholarships for accounting students. Frank is currently a member on the Board of Directors of the following corporations: Pepco Holdings, Inc. (Chair of Audit Committee and member of the Human Resources Committee) and Cohen & Steers Mutual Funds Group (Chair of Audit Committee). He was formerly a member of the board of NCRIC Group, Inc. (member of Audit Committee and the Governance Committee). He was also formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Gallaudet University. In addition, he currently serves on the board of the following not-for-profit organizations: Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund, Inc. (Chairman of the Board), The Greater Washington Urban League (Treasurer), and the Howard University Chartered Middle School for Mathematics and Science (Treasurer).