Frederick D.S. Choi, PhD

2012 Distinguished Alumni Award

BBA in finance, 1965, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
MBA in finance, 1968, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
PhD in accounting, 1972, University of Washington

Frederick D.S. Choi, PhD, is dean emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor of Business at the New York University Stern School of Business. A prolific author, he is a recognized expert in financial reporting and analysis. During his 30-plus years at NYU, Choi has served as Stern School’s vice dean, dean of its Undergraduate College, chair of its accounting and international business departments, and chaired professor. He was also director of NYU’s Ross Institute of Accounting Research and Japan-America Business and Cultural Studies Program.

Before NYU, Choi was a professor of accounting at UH Mānoa’s College of Business Administration (now Shidler College of Business), where he was instrumental in establishing its School of Accountancy and chaired its accounting department. He also started the Delta Theta Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at UH. He was inducted into Shidler’s Alumni Hall of Honor in 2003.

During his career, Choi has been invited to speak at major educational, governmental and financial events around the world. He has lectured at the Japan America Institute of Management Science (Hawai‘i), Cranfield School of Management (England), INSEAD (France), University of Bocconi (Italy) and Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). He spoke at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for the International Standards of Accounting and Reporting in Geneva. Choi has also done professional and pro bono consulting, and he helped establish the National Center for Industrial Science and Technology Management Development in China.

Choi has written and co-authored more than 26 books, including his award-winning International Accounting. He is the founding editor of the Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting, has served on several editorial boards,and has contributed to more than 80 scholarly and professional publications.

Choi is a fellow of the Academy of International Business and member of the American Accounting Association, the Financial Executives Institute, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma and Beta Alpha Psi. Among his many honors, he is the recipient of the Citibank Excellence in Teaching Award, received the AAA’s prestigious Outstanding International Accounting Educator Award and was the first academician appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Financial Executives Research Foundation. Choi and wife Lois reside in New York City, Connecticut and Honolulu.


Tribute video produced by Tom Galli. Mahalo to Dr. David Heenan, Scott Choi, Bebi Karimbaksh and Martha Miller. Special thanks to the New York University Department of Media Production for footage of Dr. Choi; Shidler College of Business for photo permissions; and Benny Chong for permission to use music from Ukulele Jazz (2005).