Phillip Buchanan joined the George Mason University faculty in 1981 after spending 8 years at Penn State University and 2 years in the New York office of Arthur Andersen & Co. He earned his undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University, an MS in business administration from Penn State University and a PhD from Temple University.
Buchanan actively participated in the development of Mason's undergraduate and graduate accounting programs and served as Director of the Graduate Programs in Accounting and Taxation. He is the founding advisor to the Theta Alpha Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, The National Accounting Fraternity. Buchanan is also a member of the Mason Faculty Senate.
Buchanan's teaching is primarily in the financial accounting area including Intermediate Accounting, Topics in Financial Accounting, Financial Accounting Theory, Financial Reporting and Decision Making and Corporate Financial Reporting. His research and consulting interests are in financial reporting and accounting in the extractive industries.
Outside of Mason, Buchanan is active in the accounting profession. He is area director and principle of Person/Wolinsky CPA Review Courses where he serves as national lead instructor and editor for the Financial Accounting and Reporting section of the CPA Examination. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Northern Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPA's and the Board of Directors of the Virginia Society of CPA's Education Foundation.