Walsh College

Faculty Details

Maria Gistinger

Maria A. Gistinger M.Ed., Ph.D., CPA

  • Title
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Education
  • Phone
  • (248) 823-1635
  • Fax
  • (248) 689-0920
  • Brief Description
  • Maria A. Gistinger, CPA, PhD, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the accounting department in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, accounting communications, international accounting, ethics, and governmental and not-for-profit accounting.  She serves on the outcomes assessment committee representing the accounting department. 

    Dr. Gistinger brings her extensive background in public school finance.  She has always had a special interest in governmental entities in fiscal distress.  Her doctoral dissertation titled, “Michigan Schools Reaction to Budgetary Distress,” focused on ways that public schools were adapting to fiscal crisis.  Dr. Gistinger’s research agenda includes qualitative research methods focused on fiscal management in not-for-profit entities. 

    Dr. Gistinger is the Assistant Superintendent for Finance at Brighton Area Schools. She has held similar positions at Iosco RESA, Birmingham Public Schools, Oak Park Schools and East Lansing Schools. She has also worked in public accounting where she prepared tax returns and financial statements and audited municipalities and school districts as well as other not-for-profit entities.

    Dr. Gistinger has a PhD from Michigan State University which she earned in 2009, and an M.Ed from SVSU which she earned in 1997, and a BA in accounting from SVSU which she earned in 1989. She also holds a Chief Business Official Certification through the State of Michigan and a CPA license which she earned in 1994.

    Dr. Gistinger’s professional memberships and affiliations include being a member of Michigan School Business Officials where she regularly presents to her peers at workshops on school budgeting. She is also a member of the Association of School Business Officials International, and the Livingston County School Business Officials and is the district chair for the annual United Way campaign

    Last updated: October 2013