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Ira Solomon became the 13th dean of the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University on July 1, 2011. A native of Roosevelt, N.Y., Solomon received his PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and taught at the University of Arizona before joining the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1983. Prior to his appointment at Tulane, Solomon was the R.C. Evans Endowed Chair in Business and head of the Department of Accountancy at Illinois, where he was a primary architect in creating what is widely regarded as one of the finest accountancy programs in the country.
Throughout a distinguished career, Solomon has focused his research and teaching on external auditing and attestation. He has published more than 35 scholarly articles, monographs and books, and his writings have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal. He has served as an associate editor and on the editorial boards of a number of prestigious scholarly journals, as a vice president of the American Accounting Association and a member of the governing council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Solomon has been recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service numerous times. He received the AAA Outstanding Auditing Educator Award in 1997 and is the only scholar to be recognized by the AAA Auditing Section for Outstanding Dissertation Supervision on three occasions, in 1997, 2000 and 2003. In 2009, Solomon received the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the AICPA and the Special Award of Merit from the Illinois CPA Society. Most recently, in February 2011, Solomon served as Visiting Distinguished Scholar & Lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.
Solomon is married to the former Susan Sharpe, and the couple has three grown children and two grandchildren. Dean and Mrs. Solomon reside in Uptown New Orleans.