John R. Suroviak (CPA-Colorado)



Associate Professor


Contact information
UC Box: A120
Phone: 503.352.1472




M.S.P.A. at University of Hartford (1976)

B.A. at Trinity College, Major in Economics (1973)


Teaching Philosophy

After 30 years of college teaching, I believe that all students bring a wide variety of skills and knowledge to college. As a professor, it is my responsibility to create an environment in which all students can succeed: an environment that challenges and nurtures students and promotes their creativity. 

Albert Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." As our world continues to change rapidly, students will be required to develop creative solutions to solve unique problems. Professors must enable students to develop all of their skills.

Consider the following people who probably wouldn't have made the cut.

Each semester, as I stand in front of my classes on the first day, I wonder how many Beethovens, Disneys, Einsteins, and Jarvicks there are in this class.

As a CPA who has worked in both public and private accounting, I am constantly aware of the changing workplace accountants face. As computers become more prevalent in business, the traditional role of accountants continues to change.  Accountants no longer can survive merely as bean counters. Today's accountants must bring value to their jobs. They must become integrally involved in the strategic planning and be able to communicate clearly and concisely with top management; they must be able to work in cross functional teams; and most importantly they must be able to solve problems and provide strategic advice to management. The days of simply adding up rows of numbers and preparing journal entries are over - thank goodness! 

Personal Story


I graduated from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) with a B.A. in Economics and earned my M.S. from the University of Hartford. Before coming to Pacific, I taught at the University of Northern Colorado and Nichols College (Massachusetts), and worked in public accounting for KPMG and Laventhol & Horwath.

My special interest, outside of accounting (of course), is helping to raise our three golden retrievers. My wife, Cathy, shows goldens in conformation and obedience trials.



Publications and Professional Work



Select Publications


Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Survey, Steve Boone, Charles O’Connor and John Suroviak, findings presented at the Pacific Northwest Wine Symposium, August 8, 2002. The survey, part of a pilot study modeled after a similar UC Davis study, focused on how wineries and wine sellers could increase growth and profitability.

Conducted research with Charles O’Connor and Steve Boone on the Pacific Northwest wine industry. Presented our findings at the Second Annual Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Symposium attended by approximately 75 winemakers and distributors, March 27, 2003.

“Using Technology in the Classroom”, Annual Meeting of the Oregon Association of Accounting Educators, hosted by Pacific University, April 19, 2002.


Professional Memberships


Member, American Accounting Association

Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Member, Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants

  • Board of Directors, 2006 - 2008
    • Financial Literacy Strategic Interest Team, 2005 - 2010
  • Career Development Team, 2001 – present
    • Chair, 2004 - present
  • Strategic Plan Task Force, participant


Courses that I teach....

At Pacific University, all faculty teach a variety of different courses. Typically, we do not use graduate teaching assistants, which means that your classes will be taught by professors and that you will have plenty of opportunites to get to know the faculty in your discipline.

Below, I have listed some of the courses that I teach. We are always developing and trying out new classes, so the list may change now and then. You can use the links to the left to read descriptions of the courses listed below.


BA 201 Financial Accounting Principles
BA 210 Excel for Business
BA 313 Intermediate Accounting I
BA 314 Intermediate Accounting II
BA 316 Cost Accounting
BA 318 Fraud Examination
BA 435 Accounting and Auditing Seminar