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Donna M. Rapaccioli

Business faculty - Donna Rapaccioli

Dean; University Professor
Joined Fordham: 1987

General Information:
140 W. 62nd Street, Room 456,
New York, NY 10023



Dr. Donna Rapaccioli is Dean of the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University, where she holds the rank of University Professor.

As an administrator, Dr. Rapaccioli has earned a reputation for creating academic programs that emphasize applied learning, a global perspective, interdisciplinary thinking, and strong ties with industry. Her philosophy centers on business with purpose, grounded in the Jesuit-influenced principle that commerce should advance society in a greater way.

Dr. Rapaccioli's research interests lie in the area of earnings management and international accounting; she has published articles in academic journals and practitioner outlets and is the co-author of two book chapters. In her role as professor, Dr. Rapaccioli was selected by students to receive the outstanding teacher award. She has consulted for and lectured on accounting and finance topics at numerous financial institutions in New York City and serves as a director on the board of State Street Global Advisors Mutual Funds.

She earned her bachelor of science degree in business administration from Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business and her master's degree and PhD in accounting from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Dr. Rapaccioli serves on the Board of Trustees of Emmanuel College in Boston and the Graduate Management Admission Council Board, and she is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Fordham University's London Centre, the Steering Committee for Fordham's Consortium for Social Justice, and the Board of Advisors of the Fordham Corporate Law Center.


  • PhD: Accounting, New York University Stern School of Business
  • Master's: Accounting, New York University Stern School of Business
  • Bachelor's: Accounting, Fordham University College of Business

Research Interests

  • Earnings Management
  • International Accounting


  • “The Link Between Dividend Changes and Future Earnings” with Haim Mozes, The Journal of Financial Statement Analysis Spring 1998.
  • “Internationalizing the Advanced Accounting Course” with Patricia Williams and Walter O’Connor, Issues in Accounting Education Fall 1996.
  • “Earnings Manipulation and the Sale of Segments” with Dov Fried, Allen Schiff and Haim Mozes, Journal of Financial Statement Analysis Spring 1996.
  • “Earnings Announcements, Firm Size and Dividend Policy: An Analysis of the Relationship Between these Variables” with Haim Mozes, Journal of Financial Research Spring 1995.
  • “An Enhancement to IAS #8: Unusual Items, Prior Period Adjustments and Accounting Changes”, with Allen Schiff, The International Journal of Accounting December 1992 Cited in The Analysis and Use of Financial Statements by Fried, Sondi, and White 2002, 1999.
  • “Income Statement Classifications of Segment Sales” with Allen Schiff Accounting Horizons December 1991. Cited in The Financial Numbers Game by C. Mulford and E. Comiskey 2002 and The Analysis and Use of Financial Statements by Fried, Sondi, and White 2002, 1999.