Proficient in bookkeeping from an early age, Gene A. Cooper is a retired dean of finance and administration and chief financial officer of Marymount College, serving in the roles from 1995 to 2001. At the inception of his career in 1960, after receiving a business degree, he served as an auditor for Arthur Young & Co. in Toledo, Ohio, for four years before becoming an assistant to the controller of Princeton University from 1964 to 1967. From there, he was a controller, a staff assistant and manager of external financial reporting, and an internal auditor and staff assistant of financial policies and procedures for Kenyon College. Later on in his career, he served Westinghouse as a division controller, as well as Westinghouse Beverage Group as a senior vice president and controller. Prior to attaining his most recent role, he was a controller for Custom Building Products from 1990 to 1994.
A certified public accountant in Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Cooper is a past part-time accounting instructor at Bowling Green State University, Rider College and the University of Phoenix, serving the latter university from 2002 to 2014. During his graduate studies, he also served as a graduate assistant at the University of Toledo. Civically involved as well, he sat on the board of directors and served as treasurer of the Wesley Foundation at Princeton University.
Among the notable highlights of his career, Mr. Cooper cites passing the CPA exam in Ohio to be a crowning achievement, noting that it was a stepping stone for the rest of his career. He attributes his success to the encouragement of his wife Carolyn, as well as his parents. He was also mentored by several professionals in the field, such as Professor William F. Schmeltz, president of Marymount College Dr. Thomas McFadden, and Eugene R. Wos, a partner of Arthur Young & Co. Mr. Cooper is the proud father of two sons and four grandchildren. Born in Bryan, Ohio, to parents George Wayne and Agnes Anibel Cooper, he has been married to his wife since 1962. In his spare time, he enjoys genealogy and is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of Colonial Wars, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Southern California Genealogical Society, among others.
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