Dean Dorton’s College and University Team

Dean Dorton has worked to establish long-term relationships with numerous colleges and universities as well as higher education related entities throughout the region. We believe these institutions benefit from a relationship with an accounting firm that has top talent, extensive experience, and a deep commitment to client service.

Our college and university accounting experience includes many years of providing various business consulting services to higher education organizations as well including business plans, technology selection and installation, operation reviews, and accounting system design. We are a recognized expert in the college and university and not-for-profit consulting and compliance field.

Our college and universities industry team has over 200 years of combined professional, advisory and industry expertise. Our breadth and commitment to higher education requires us to go beyond keeping up with new accounting standards. We are also concerned with operational changes that could impact your institution and have helped other not for profit colleges successfully navigate:

  • Student Financial Aid trends including fraud risk and compliance changes
  • New Uniform Grant Guidance
  • PCI Compliance and IT risk among other issues
  • DOE program review
  • Designing student financial aid programs and procedures
  • Economically Disadvantage Appeals

We believe it is imperative that an audit firm understand these issues, so appropriate risk assessments and audit programs are developed.

Our firm has extensive experience providing professional services to the not for profit higher education community. Several years ago, we established our college and university industry team to maximize the quality and delivery of our services. Dean Dorton’s college and university industry team exists both to serve our college and university clients more efficiently and to continue deepening our knowledge of the industry, especially as our clientele in this group continues to grow. Our college and university industry group is led by Crissy Fiscus. The college and university team consists of 27 professionals who are not only interested in the industry, but who have considerable experience working with colleges and universities.

We are committed to serving the needs of colleges and universities and are active members in various industry associations. Our staff have held leadership roles in organizations such as NACUBO, SACUBO, SACS, Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and Bluegrass Tomorrow.

We have been asked to showcase our knowledge and expertise not only for our clients but throughout the region and nation through various speaking platforms including presenting at the following conferences:

  • National Association of Education Procurement (NAEP)
  • Kentucky Association of Education Procurement (KAEP)
  • Kentucky Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFAA)
  • Kentucky Public University Business Officers

Dean Dorton’s College and University Industry Services

In addition to our core services, Dean Dorton provides comprehensive consulting services for a variety of clients. We specialize in providing unique service offerings that are customized to meet the specialized needs of each client. Many clients have needs that are geared toward student financial aid, charitable planning, or business planning. Our college and university services include: