Georgia Tech College of Management recently celebrated the career of Eugene Comiskey, who retired after 32 years on the faculty.
A professor of accounting, Comiskey held the Fuller E. Callaway Chair and served as senior associate dean for faculty and research from 2002 to 2007.
During his years at Tech, he was recognized seven times as Professor of the Year by the Graduate Students in Management organization. In 1999, he was recognized as the Educator of the Year by the Georgia Society of CPAs. Georgia Tech awarded him the Class of 1940 W. Roane Beard Outstanding Teacher Award in 2008.
In addition to numerous articles published in leading journals, Comiskey has co-authored four books with his Georgia Tech colleague, accounting professor Charles Mulford. One of these, The Financial Numbers Game: Detecting Creative Accounting Practices, won major media attention in 2002 in the wake of enormous accounting scandals at Enron and other corporate giants.
For more than 25 years, Comiskey worked with commercial banks, both in the United States as well as in Europe and Asia, in the design and delivery of educational programs to improve the financially-oriented credit analysis skills of lenders.
Comiskey, who served from 1954 to 1957 as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his PhD from Michigan State University. He began his academic career at Purdue University, where he worked from 1965 to 1980. During his years there, he twice received the Outstanding Professor Award in the Graduate Management Program.
Comiskey has served terms as the director of research for the American Accounting Association and president of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association. Gene has also served two terms on the editorial review board of The Accounting Review, including one in an associate editor role. He has also served a term on the editorial review board of Issues in Accounting Education and two terms on the editorial review board of Accounting Horizons—both journals of the American Accounting Association.
Comiskey's professional qualifications include both Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA).