Michael Diamond

  • Professor of Education

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education




  • International Accounting • Managing Change in Academic Institutions


Dr. Michael Diamond served as vice president and executive vice provost at USC through June 2005 following his initial appointment as vice provost for planning and budget in 1995. In those positions he was responsible for oversight of the university’s academic planning and budgeting process, strategic planning, institutional research, selection of academic deans, space planning, crisis management, student athlete academic advisement and responsibility for USC’s five international offices. Earlier, Diamond served as dean of the USC Leventhal School of Accounting and as director of the school’s SEC and Financial Reporting Institute.

He has published articles in Change and co-authored two monographs on academic leadership and crisis management in higher education. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting and The European Accounting Review.

Diamond served as president of the American Accounting Association in 1998-1999. He has taught at California State University, Los Angeles, and has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and UCLA. He has taught in executive education programs for a number of international accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies. He is the recipient of the California Society of CPAs Faculty Excellence Award (1993) and was named as one of the “Top100 Most Influential People in Accounting” in both the fall 1997 and 1998 issues of Accounting Today. He continues to serve on the boards of USC’s Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, USC Hillel, and KUSC Radio.

He received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the UCLA.

Awards and Grants

  • Named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” by
  • Accounting Today, for both 1997 and 1998
  • Faculty Excellence Award, California Society of CPAs, 1993
  • Grant Thornton Fellow, 1990 – 1994
  • Faculty Merit Award, California Society of CPAs, 1989
  • Meritorious Service Award, California State University, Los Angeles, 1984
  • Honorable Mention, Outstanding Professor, School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, May 1982
  • Outstanding Manuscript Award, Los Angeles Chapter,National Association of Accountants, April 1980
  • Outstanding Accounting Professor, California State University, Los Angeles, 1978
  • Arthur Andersen UCLA Teaching Associate Award, 1975, 1977
  • American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow, 1975
  • CPA Certificate, California, 1971