board member spotlight
RAYMOND g. RUSSOLILLO '80
Major: B.S.,Accounting; B.A.,Economics
Employer: EisnerLubin llp
Location: New York
Residential Community: Dickinson Community
Campus Involvement: Resident Assistant; Editor, Poor Dick’s Almanac
1) What experience at Binghamton most relates to what you do today?
Two things, actually. I have been a practicing CPA for 30 years, which obviously relates directly to my major. Secondly, I met (my wife) Bonnie in Binghamton, and we just celebrated 29 years of marriage.
2) If you could go back in time and take a class today what would it be?
Probably something in music, American history or American literature. As a dual degree candidate between Harpur College and the School of Management, and with a pretty demanding list of required subjects, I did not have too many free electives available to me. I would have liked to delve more deeply into these areas.
3) What did you think you would end up doing on graduation day, and what are you doing now?
Well, I was always kind of boring and predictable! I thought I would become an accountant and I did. My career has taken quite a few turns over the years but it has always come back to the CPA/tax advisor track.
4) What do you miss the most about Binghamton University?
The sense of limitless opportunity. In college, you have your whole life ahead of you and it is a very exciting time. The academic energy and even the relentless competition only makes the sense of the future that much more exciting.
5) What one thing should every student do before they graduate and leave the University?
Take a class or classes in an area that interests you and that has nothing to do with your chosen major or field of academic study. College is for exploration. If you don’t do it now, who knows when you will get to do it in the future?