About the Fox School

The Fox School of Business at Temple University has a distinguished tradition of preparing leaders, professionals, and entrepreneurs for successful careers in business. It is the largest, most comprehensive business school in the greater Philadelphia region, and among the largest in the world.

Eric G. Press

Eric G. Press

Title: Professor & Chairman
Department: Accounting

Office: Alter Hall 448
Phone: 215.204.8127
E-mail: eric.press@temple.edu

Curriculum Vitae


  • D., University of Oregon
  • B.A., University of Washington
  • A., University of Washington


  • Use of accounting numbers in debt contracts
  • Accounting choices and financial distress
  • Impact of SEC Regulation on firms’ accounting choices

After earning his doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in 1988, Eric began his career at SUNY-Buffalo. The durability of western New York winters soon exceeded his patience (having been raised in Miami), so, after a visit at the Fuqua School of Duke University, he moved to Philadelphia (where his wife has relatives) to join the Fox School of Business at Temple University in 1992.

Dr. Press has been an active researcher, publishing in journals such as Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. He taught a variety of accounting courses at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. levels.

As chairman of the Department of Accounting at Temple since 2006, Eric has crossed a number of items off his to-do list. He revised the undergraduate curriculum to make learning more effective for students; recruited several nationally prominent Accounting scholars; signed up founding members of the Temple Accounting Circle to support faculty research, Ph.D. students, and professional development activities; initiated a Masters of Accountancy program that begins in 2011; and, in 2014, oversaw fund raising and an Alumni Reunion Dinner that together raised more than $700,000 for scholarships, and aims to attain AACSB Department of Accounting accreditation in 2018. These accomplishments evidence Eric’s dedication to accounting education and research.

  • “Insider Trading and Earnings Management in Distressed Firms,” with M. D. Beneish and M. Vargus. Contemporary Accounting Research (March 2012).
  • “Accounting Rates of Return Revisited: Evidence of their Usefulness in Estimating Economic
  • Returns,” with M. Danielson. Review of Accounting Studies 8 (December 2003).
  • “The North American Industry Classification System and Its Implications for Accounting
  • Research,” with J. Krishnan.  Contemporary Accounting Research 20 (Winter 2003).
  • “Costs of Technical Violation of Accounting‑based Debt Covenants,” with M. D. Beneish.
  • The Accounting Review 68 (April 1993).
  • “Accounting‑Based Constraints in Public and Private Debt Agreements: Their Association with
  • Leverage and Impact on Accounting Choice,” with J. Weintrop. Journal of Accounting and
  • Economics 12 (January 1990).

Fox School of Business, Temple University

  • Capital Markets Research (PhD)
  • Intermediate Accounting (BBA)
  • Financial Accounting (BBA)
  • Accounting Bootcamp (MSA)
  • Financial Accounting (MBA)