2005 Wildman Medal Award Recipient
George A. Plesko
George A. Plesko is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on corporate tax policy, the interactions of financial and tax reporting, and the behavior of loss firms.
Plesko joined the University of Connecticut in 2005 after nine years on the faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management. While at Sloan, Plesko received both school and institute-wide teaching awards for the first-year MBA accounting class. He has also served on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the International Tax Program at the Harvard Law School, and Northeastern University.
Plesko began his career as a financial economist at the U.S. Treasury's Office of Tax Analysis during the development of the Tax Reform Act of 1986. He has been a member of the IRS's Statistics of Income Consulting Panel since 1989, and has been an advisor to tax reform projects for the states of Massachusetts and Maine. Plesko has testified or made presentations on corporate tax policy issues before the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee, most recently on the Joint Committee on Taxation's report on Enron.
He has served on a number of committees of the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association, and the National Tax Association, including the AAA's Competitive Manuscript Award Committee, Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award Screening Committee, and the Trueblood Seminar Committee, which he chaired in 2003.
Plesko holds a B.A. in Economics from the George Washington University and an M.S. and Ph.D in Economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.