Herbert M. Chain
MS, International Affairs, New York University, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
MBA, Finance/Accounting, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate School of Business
BS, Marine Geology, Duke University
Herb has been a professor in the Department of Accountancy of Tobin since 2011, and was appointed in 2017 as assistant professor and Director of the Center for Executive Development, Tobin’s division for customized external training and masters programs.
After a 38-year career with Deloitte (the last 27 as audit partner), he mandatorily retired in May 2015. While at Deloitte, Herb was a senior partner in the investment manager practice serving as lead client service partner on large and global investment managers and their products, and was a member of the firm’s professional practice network (engagement quality control reviewer).
In addition to his responsibilities at St. John’s, he currently has his own consulting firm providing advisory services to clients (website linked on this page) and serves on a number of public and private boards of directors and trustees, including as chair of the audit committee for a public investment fund. He also acts as senior advisor to a number of private entities in various industries, including professional services and Fintech.
Herb serves on the Education Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA), as a member of the Sections’ Editorial Advisory Board for the journal “Current Issues in Auditing,” and as vice chair of the Section’s Retired Partner Initiative of the Membership Committee.
Herb received his MBA from the Wharton Graduate School of Business, and his BS in Marine Geology from Duke University. He also has an MS in International Relations from NYU, and is a doctoral student at the International School of Management, where he is all but dissertation on his DBA.
My primary teaching interests are Accounting Ethics and Professionalism, SEC Practice, Auditing, and Enterprise Risk Management. I also teach Accounting for Financial Institutions.