Edward J. Gress, PhD Professor of Accounting
BBA; MBA — American University of Beirut
PhD, Accounting — University of Arizona
Dr. Gress has been honored numerous times for his highly effective teaching style. The college’s MBA students awarded him the Donald E. Calvert Outstanding Professor Award in both 1983 and 1986, and the Canisius College Alumni Association matched the honor in 1995 by naming him the Kenneth L. Koessler Distinguished Professor. The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge presented him with the George Washington Honor Medal for excellence in teaching the free enterprise system through “Specialized Investment Analysis,” a course he developed for the Canisius College MBA Program. He designed both the college’s MBA in Professional Accounting and MBA in Accounting programs. Dr. Gress is currently the Director the TAG Center for Business Research.
Long after they have graduated, many accounting majors continue to consult Dr. Gress for direction in their careers. His strong ties with the business community, both in the U.S. and the Middle East, have led to internships and permanent employment opportunities for students and alumni alike. As a past chairman of the Accounting Department, he has been instrumental in raising scholarship funds for accounting majors.
Internationally renowned in the field of tax accounting, Dr. Gress wrote a series of trademark laws and tax guides for individual Arab countries. He is the author of Introductory Financial Accounting and Basic Accounting and Statistics for Management, both published by the American University in Cairo, and has presented papers at scholarly conferences around the world.
Dr. Gress has developed and conducted executive development and training seminars for a number of major national and international banks, written corporate policy manuals, negotiated joint venture agreements, and in similar capacities served as a consultant to business and industry. He also served as an advisor during the development of the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Canada. He was recognized as the Accountant of the Year in Western New York in 1992.