1978 Millikin University, B.S.
1986 University of Illinois, MAS
2000 Florida Atlantic University, Ph.D.
Essentials of Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Value Creation
Intermediate Accounting I
Career SpecialtiesRandal Rentfro's teaching and research interests focus on the financial reporting of corporations and governments and factors that influence such reporting.
Professional and Community Activities:
Rentfro's most recent research activities center on state and local governments. In 2010, he and two colleagues received a grant from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) to examine the need for disclosures of tax abatement activities by local governments. The results of the year-long project will be published as a GASB research monograph. The same co-author group also received the 2010 National Author Award from the Association of Government Accountants for their article "Building Trust or Mistrust: The Search for Performance Reporting from a Citizen's Perspective" in the Journal of Government Financial Management. Their most recent publication entitled "Assessing Citizen Access to Performance Measures on State Government Websites" was just published in the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management.
In addition to accounting-related research, Rentfro has also collaborated with marketing colleagues on a study of distracted driving behaviors. They examined the effectiveness of public service announcements in deterring distracted driving by college students.
Rentfro is a member of the Board of Trustees of Millikin University, a private university with an enrollment of approximately 2,200 students. He serves on the Educational Affairs, Marketing and Enrollment Management, and Alumni and External Development committees.
Honors and Awards
Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant, Governmental Accounting Standards Board, 2010
2010 National Author Award, Association of Government Accountants, for the article making the most significant contribution to the profession during the program year.
Distinguished Research Award, Academy of Marketing Studies, 2010
Accounting Professor of the Year, Florida Atlantic University, 2003-2004
Accounting Professor of the Year, Florida Atlantic University, 2000-2001
Accounting Professor of the Year, Florida Atlantic University, Davie Campus, 1997-1998