Mark Cecchini is associate dean of Executive Education, and School of Accounting professor and department chair at the Darla Moore School of Business. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from Florida State University, an MBA from Rollins College and a Ph.D. in decision and information sciences from the University of Florida. His teaching and research interests include financial and managerial accounting, information systems, business analytics, control systems and the application of machine learning to business problems.
Mark has taught courses in financial accounting, management control systems, information systems strategy and business analytics at the Moore School and in Executive Education. His research has been published internationally in Management Science, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Review of Accounting Studies, the Journal of Accounting Literature and the European Journal of Operational Research.
As associate dean, Mark has oversight over Executive Education, which provides advanced business training for executives and middle managers. Mark believes in the future of executive education. “There is no longer a real graduation day for students of the 21st century. Sure, you get your degree, but then you have to keep learning. We would like to help our graduates and other professionals from South Carolina and the region to position themselves for success by offering programs that help them to acquire new skills and enhance their leadership abilities.”
Mark and his team coordinate open enrollment and certificate programs as well as customized programs for individual organizations. With the Moore School’s recent re-signing of a formal memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Army, Mark will manage the collaboration to offer professional training, courses and certification in business analytics and enterprise resource planning. One of Mark’s goals as is to help build the Army relationship. “Because of our relationship with the Army Finance Corps, we have built a strong competency around Army business processes and dynamics. This should put us in a good position to expand our relationship to other areas of the armed forces, so we can better serve those who serve our country.”
Mark hopes to expand offerings to our satellite locations in Charlotte, Charleston and Spartanburg. “The Moore School has a good reputation in Charlotte, the upstate and Charleston – all places where our alumni live. Instead of having them come to us, we can bring our programs to them and get to know the organizations they work for.”