Higher Education Accounting

Higher Education

primary contacts: Roy Lydic Jr. CPA (Columbus) John Null CPA (Pittsburgh and Washington D.C.) Patrick Kerns CPA (Pittsburgh and Columbus)

Financial and operational challenges are among the top concerns for a higher education institution.  They face demands from all levels, while possibly dealing with reduced funding, pressures from the community and Board of Trustees, while remaining accountable to all parties.  Schneider Downs’ Higher Education Industry Group is a dedicated team of experienced professionals, specializing in serving colleges and universities.  Our team consists of individuals who have devoted their professional careers to thinking big within the higher education sector and delivering personal focus to each institution, their management teams and governing bodies.

Our Higher Education Industry Group operates with a service-focused philosophy: You talk, we listen.  It is this philosophy that has fueled our practice’s growth to nearly 40 clients over the past decade.  Higher education is a strategic priority for Schneider Downs.

Our delivery of a comprehensive blend of integrated services ensures that our professionals can meet your institution’s operational and compliance needs.  By staying abreast the latest trends, developments and challenges within the education sector, our professionals offer timely and practical solutions to our clients.

Institutions We Serve in the Education Sector

We serve a variety of educational institutions in the sector, including public colleges and universities, liberal arts schools, religious high schools and private schools.  We understand the unique aspects of each type of institution and take the time to understand the history, mission, people and stakeholders of each institution.

Services We Offer to the Education Sector

Audit and Assurance Services for Educational Institutions
Internal Audit Services for Educational Institutions
Tax Services for Educational Institutions
Technology Services for Educational Institutions
Schneider Downs Business Advisors
Schneider Downs Wealth Management Advisors
Schneider Downs Staffing Services

Industry Presence

We participate in annual conferences sponsored by NACUBO, OACUBO, EACUBO, AICUP and the AICPA to stay abreast of issues faced by all types of educational institutions.  By staying attuned to the latest industry trends, our professionals can offer timely, practical solutions to proactively address the needs of our clients.

National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO)
Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers (OACUBO)
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania


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Contact Us

We pride ourselves on being one of the largest premier regional accounting and advisory firms serving public and private K-12, colleges and universities.  For questions or more information on Schneider Downs can help your institution, please contact either John Null, Patrick Kerns or Roy Lydic.

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Map of Pittsburgh Office

One PPG Place, Suite 1700
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

p:412.261.3644     f:412.261.4876

Map of Columbus Office

65 East State Street, Suite 2000
Columbus, OH 43215

p:614.621.4060     f:614.621.4062

Map of Washington Office
Washington, D.C.

1660 International Drive, Suite 600
McLean, VA 22102