DBA, Anderson University
MBA, University of Rochester
B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
AAS, Alfred State College
Marcia O'Brien is one of the newest additions to the Accounting/Finance Department in the School of Business, joining our faculty as an associate professor in September 2014.
Professor O'Brien received her undergraduate degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, her MBA from Simon Business School at the University of Rochester, and her DBA at the Anderson University in Indiana.
Before joining the department, she was employed with HSBC for 9 years, Xerox for 17 years as Vice President of Finance, and Roberts Wesleyan College for 12 years as an instructor.
Professor O'Brien has a very well-rounded and wholehearted approach to teaching. Her philosophy is designed to provide opportunities to students while helping them transform their personal outlook through four different categories including, hope and courage, integrity, personal excellence, and servant leadership.
Aside from being in the classroom, Professor O'Brien keeps herself busy conducting research in an effort to create a survey tool used to match accounting students to different learning modalities based on their abilities and education style. Her passion for helping others reaches beyond the classroom, as she is a co-founder of a non-profit organization called Free to Fly. Free to Fly reaches out to the working poor and provides them with mentors, assistance programs, and workshops to promote life skills and emphasize self-sufficiency.