Robert Wnek, J.D., L.L.M., CPA
Where did you attend college and what made you want to get into the accounting field?
I attended Villanova University as an undergraduate, Widener University School of Law, and Boston University School of Law for my L.L.M. I originally got into the accounting field because I enjoyed math and business.
How long have you taught at UNH, and what courses do you teach?
I have been teaching at UNH since 1978. I teach taxes, primarily in the MS taxation program, and business law in the MBA for Emerging Leaders program.
How would you describe your role as chair of the accounting department?
My job is to serve the students, mentor the faculty, and continuously seek ways we can make our accounting and tax programs current and attractive to prospective students.
What are some fun facts about you?
I am a sports fan: soccer, football, basketball and baseball. I coached soccer and basketball for many years. I am a fan of the New York Giants, Yankees, Celtics, UNH men’s and women’s soccer, and UConn women’s basketball. I also golf with my sons. I get to pay for every round of golf! I also tell everybody that I am an expert in construction. I have been in the business for thirty years—on my own house!
What advice would you give to prospective students and parents?
I tell students all the time to follow their heart, to choose a field they would enjoy working in. I tell parents to consider the student-faculty mentoring opportunities when choosing a college. Small classes give rise to a more enjoyable education, as opposed to the huge lecture halls of major institutions.
What is your favorite thing about UNH?
The diversity of the UNH students and faculty provides an excellent learning environment for everyone. It puts students in an educational setting that will serve them well in the work environment.
How does the UNH accounting program differ from others?
The accounting program is structured to educate students in the accounting and business information covered on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam. It is up to the student to take their studies seriously enough to pass these two exams.
In addition, we have a great relationship with our colleagues in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences. Our accounting students can minor in criminal justice by taking courses in the investigative services area of criminal justice to give them a background that will serve them well as a forensic accountant.
Finally, the accounting department has just put together a very attractive corporate accounting track for those students who choose to pursue the corporate employment route instead of public accounting.
The corporate track will include international accounting and taxation as well as courses in international finance, operations management, and forensic accounting.