Bernard J. (“Bernie”) Milano
KPMG Foundation & the PhD Project
Retired President


Bernard J. Milano was president and Board Member of the KPMG Foundation (1992-2019)

Mr. Milano graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, and started his career with KPMG in the audit practice of the Philadelphia office. Prior to his role as president of the KPMG Foundation, he held positions of increasing responsibility including National Partner in Charge of University Relations and National Partner in Charge of Human Resources. He lives with his wife, Dr. Sharon Pierson, and sons Matthew and Adam in Allendale, New Jersey. Mr. Milano has four older children and six grandchildren. Mr. Milano holds honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from North Carolina A&T State University, Kent State University and William Paterson University of New Jersey.

Mr. Milano’s activities are as follows:


  • President and member of the Board of Directors – The PhD Project Association until 12/31/19
  • Boards of Directors:
    • Points of Light Foundation until 12/31/19; Executive Committee; Chair – Audit Committee; member – Finance and HR Committees; Chair –2017 CEO Search Committee
    • Beta Gamma Sigma; 2008-present; Secretary/Treasurer 2014-present; member-Executive
  • Committee; Chair-Finance and Investment Committee
  • Chairman – HBCU Business Deans’ Roundtable Business Advisory Board until 12/31/19
  • The Conference Board CSR Council – (Chairman 2011-2013)
  • Member USA Executive Committee – Enactus (formerly SIFE); Chair of U.S. and Worldwide Rules Committees; member Enactus Worldwide Finance and Audit Committee until 12/31/19
  • President Trump’s Board of Advisors on Black Colleges and Universities


  • Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark Standing Committee; Former Member-Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Fund and Diocesan Properties of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark, N.J.-Vice President in 2018-term ended March, 2019; member of Diocese Audit Committee- Chair as of FY 2017; member of Pastoral Response Team; member CFO Search Committee in 2018; member Bishop Search Committee in 2018.
  • Trinity Episcopal Church-Chair Finance Committee; Choir member
  • Nominated to Board of Trustees-William Paterson University-awaiting Governor’s action



  • Daily Point of Light Award
  • 2019 First recipient of the HBCU Business Deans’ Roundtable “Bernard J. Milano Excellence Award”
  • 2019 Federation of Schools of Accounting Practitioner Service Award-also received in 1990 and 1994
  • 2018 Selected as one of top 100 graduates in 100 year history of Temple University Business School
  • 2018 Ramapo College Fnd. Board of Governors Emeritus Award-second person granted the award
  • 2017 Initial class inducted in to North Carolina A&T State Univ. School of Business Hall of Fame
  • 2016 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from William Paterson University
  • 2016 Ramapo College Beta Gamma Sigma Chapter Honoree
  • 2015 American Accounting Association Lifetime Service Award
  • 2015 International Association for Accounting Education &Research Founders Award
  • 2014 First recipient of the Beta Alpha Psi “KPMG/Bernard J. Milano Lifetime Service Award”
  • 2014 Fourth person to be inducted into the North Carolina A&T State Univ. Accounting Hall of Fame
  • 2014 Temple University Accounting Department Distinguished Graduate
  • 2013 American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Service Award
  • 2013 Senior Ministries-Diocese of Newark-David Paul Hegg ll 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 2013 AABHE (American Association of Blacks in Higher Education) Advocacy Award
  • 2012 Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2011 Initial class of five inductees into PhD Project Hall of Fame
  • 2010 National Association of Black Accountants Legends Award
  • 2009 MLK Special Achievement Award – Bentley University
  • 2008 Beta Alpha Psi President’s Award
  • 2007 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Kent State University
  • 2007 Top 20 Diversity Champions-Diversity Edge Magazine
  • 2007 Community Service Award – laoapogh Mountains District, Boy Scouts of America
  • 2006 Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill Award for outstanding service to the Episcopal Church
  • 2006 AICPA Special Recognition Award
  • 2004 Deans Distinguished Recognition – The National HBCU’s Business Deans’ Roundtable
  • 2004 Outstanding Leadership in the Advancement of Diversity in Business Academia-Diversity Section of the American Accounting Association
  • 2003 Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Sterling Schoen Achievement Award
  • 2002 Beta Gamma Sigma Medallion for Entrepreneurship
  • 2001 Champions of Diversity Award – Working Mother Magazine
  • 2001 Minorities in Business, “The Malena Rance Neal J.D. Education Award”
  • 2001 Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association Award of Merit
  • 2001 James L. Fisher Award for Service to CASE and the Advancement Profession
  • 2001 Double Eagle Award from Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise)
  • 1998 Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise) Champion Award
  • 1998 Honorary Doctorate in Humanities – North Carolina A&T State University
  • 1996 and 1990 Practitioner Service Award – Federation of Schools of Accounting
  • 1995 Beta Alpha Psi National Accountant of the Year
  • 1993 President’s Award from the Golden Key National Honor Society
  • 1992 Outstanding Alumnus of the Business School of Temple University
  • Honorary Member – Beta Gamma Sigma; Golden Key National Honor Society; Delta Mu Delta


  • President George W. Bush Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2002-2009)
  • Independent Sector; Chair Investment Committee; Chair-John Gardner Award Committee: Chair- Audit Comm.
  • Campus Compact Board of Directors; (1998-2004) & (2010-2016) – Executive Committee and Treasurer 2014-2016
  • Chairman – Dean’s Executive Advisory Council – North Carolina A&T State University 2000-2015
  • Board of Advisors – Center for Corporate Citizenship (affiliate of U. S. Chamber of Commerce) 2002-2015
  • Member – Board of Governors – Ramapo College (NJ) Foundation 2002-2015; Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee (Foundation Chairman 2002-2006); member of Audit and Planned Giving Committees
  • Founding Chairman – Dean’s Advisory Board, Ramapo College Anisfield School of Business-2010-2015
  • Member-Accounting Pathways Commission (2010-2012)
  • Worldwide Board of Directors-Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) (2005-12)
  • Member – American Accounting Association Faculty Shortage Advisory Group (2009-2010)
  • Member-American Accounting Association/Accounting Program Leadership Group Ph.D. Advocacy Task Force (2009-2010)
  • Member -U. S. Chamber of Commerce – Education, Employment and Training Committee (2007-2010)
  • Board of Directors – The Episcopal Church Foundation (1997-2006; Chairman 2000-2006)
  • Business-Higher Education Forum Diversity Initiative Steering Committee (1999-2000)
  • Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and Treasurer – Leadership Education and Development Program in Business, Inc. (LEAD) (ended July 2002)
  • External Advisory Board – Penn State University Department of Accounting (2002-2005)
  • Board of Directors – Episcopal Church CREDO Institute, Inc. (2002-2006)
  • Member and former Vice Chairman – Corporate Advisory Board – Consortium for Graduate Study in Management (ended 2002)
  • Board of Directors – National Consortium for Educational Access, Inc. (NCEA) (1993-1996)
  • Vice President and member of the Executive Committee of the American Accounting Association (AAA) (9/92-8/95); member of the Finance Committee (8/92-8/95) – Chairman (8/93-8/94); and Education Advisory Committee (1987-1990); Vice President – Practice, Teaching Learning & Curriculum Section of the AAA(2007-2009)
  • Board of Directors – AACSB International (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business) (7/92-7/95); member of the Nominating Committee (1992, 1993, and 1995); member of the Executive Committee (7/93-7/95); Accounting Visitation Committee (1989-1990); Accounting Accreditation Committee (1990-1991); Strategic Issues Committee (1991-1992); Member of Doctoral Faculty Commission and Ethics Task Force (2003-2004)
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) Committees – Minority Recruitment and Equal Opportunity Committee (1976-1979), Minority Doctoral Fellows Committee (1979-1982), Relations with Educators and Students Subcommittee (1987-1989), Chairman of the Accounting Educators Subcommittee (1989-1991) and Academic and Career Development Executive Committee (1989-1992)
  • Chairman of the Beta Alpha Psi National Advisory Forum and member of the Beta Alpha Psi National Board of Directors (1989-1991 and 1998- 2001); president 1999-2000
  • Board of Directors of the Federation of Schools of Accounting (FSA) (1988-1990) (1997-1999)
  • Board of Directors of the Administrators of Accounting Programs Group (1988-1990) (1996-1998)
  • Chairman International Compensation Committee of the National Foreign Trade Council (1989-1990)


  • Church of The Epiphany (now Trinity Episcopal Church) Allendale, NJ – Treasurer (1988-1992), Junior Warden (1993) Senior Warden (1994) Vestry member (1998-2000), Chair of Rector Search Committee (1989) Member Search Committee (1995)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church Co-Warden (Co-Chair of Board) (2006-2013)
  • Executive Board – Boy Scouts of America, Northern New Jersey Council (2008-2009)
  • Board of Directors – Crossroads, New Jersey Chapter of American Red Cross (1995)
  • Commission on the Ministry – Episcopal Diocese of Newark, NJ
  • Representative Town Meeting (RTM) – Darien, CT
  • Board of Education – Darien, CT
  • Board of Education – Allendale, NJ
  • Founding Member, Trustee and Vice President of the Allendale (NJ) Foundation for Educational Excellence
  • Board of Adjustment – Allendale, NJ