History of Distinguished Alumni

  • Fred Fisher

    Frederick E. Fisher

    “Life is a series of choices.”

    The choices Fred Fisher has made throughout his life propelled him to a successful career in business. His success, combined with his passion for children and education, led him to contribute to and establish many public and private philanthropic organizations benefitting countless future generations. The biography below provides only a snapshot of his many achievements.

  • Al Warrington

    Alfred C. Warrington IV

    “Because I love this school.”

    Al Warrington is a dyed-in-the-wool Gator who has a long history of support for UF. He was instrumental in creating the School of Accounting in the 1970s. In 1996, he established an endowment at the College of Business Administration to which UF added his namesake in his honor. When asked why he established an endowment at UF, he replied simply, “Because I love this school.”

  • Gary Gerson

    Gary R. Gerson

    “I owe much of my success to the outstanding education I received at UF.”

    Gary R. Gerson's beginnings were at the University of Florida, where he earned his Bachelor's degree in accounting and an MBA. He achieved success through talent, hard work, an unwavering commitment to his clients, and his community. His tremendous dedication continues to drive him today.

  • J. Michael Cook

    J. Michael Cook

    “If it's the right thing to do, and it's the smart thing to do -- do it.”

    J. Michael Cook is the retired Chairman and C.E.O. of Deloitte & Touche, LLP. Mr. Cook has written and spoken extensively on international accounting standards, business globalization, auditor independence, corporate governance, gender equality in the workplace, tort and securities law reform, and has often testified before Congress on professional issues.

  • Joelen Merkel

    Joelen K. Merkel

    “Work hard, work honestly and bring pride to UF”

    Joelen K. Merkel began her education and career in accounting at a time when there were very few female staff at the Big 8 accounting firms. Her professional successes have set an example not only for women in accounting, but for all accounting professionals. She has worked hard and honestly and has brought pride to UF and the Accounting profession.