Dr. Joe Icerman was admired for many things during his 35-year career in the FSU Department of Accounting. His integrity, fairness, even-tempered demeanor, collegial spirit and sincere interest in students are among the characteristics that endeared him to students and faculty colleagues alike.
By the time Dr. Icerman retired in 2012, he had served as both an assistant and associate professor, chair of the accounting department and the associate dean for Undergraduate Programs. His teaching earned him a number of teacher-of-the-year awards and top ratings by his students. Many former students attribute their professional success to Dr. Icerman’s firm grasp of accounting, his ability to impart knowledge, and his willingness to tutor and guide them.
His research and publications are highly regarded in academic circles at FSU and beyond, and colleagues have described Dr. Icerman as an extraordinary leader whose dedication and teamwork helped the College of Business grow increasingly more successful.
Dr. Icerman also is attributed with raising the much needed funds to create the first endowed professorships and chairs in the accounting department, allowing the college to cultivate, recruit and retain top faculty members and highly regarded scholars.
One of Dr. Icerman’s nominators said: “Joe is the master at ‘holding up the tent’ and ‘running the company store’ so that countless others had the resources, support, freedom and infrastructure they needed to shine, succeed and contribute.”