Kathy R. O’Donnell

Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus
Accounting and Law Department


MBA, School of Management, University at Buffalo 
BA, Saint Marys College (Notre Dame, IN)


Certified Public Accountant - New York State


Professor O’Donnell’s teaching responsibility includes auditing. She also has experience in teaching principles of accounting, intermediate accounting, research in accounting and auditing and advanced accounting at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She is responsible for the organization of the junior orientation and handbook, and she is currently serving as the assistant chair of the Department of Accounting and Law. Her professional accounting interests are in the areas of auditing, business combinations, foreign currency, governments and nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the School of Management, she was a senior auditor at Ernst & Young, Buffalo.

Awards and Recognition

  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Outstanding Young Women of America
  • Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society
  • Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society
  • Beta Alpha Psi National Honor Society
  • Helen Crosby Fellowship

Professional Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants

Teaching Experience

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II
  • Auditing
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Research in Accounting and Auditing Standards

Industry Experience

  • 1978-1981: Auditor, Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young)-Buffalo, NY
  • 1993-1994: Membership Director, Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Palatine, IL

Other Experience

  • Consultant to several businesses