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Richard A. Cole

Lecturer; Partner, BKD

Rick Cole is a partner in the New York City office of BKD specializing in audits and advisory services for not-for-profit and higher education organizations. Rick has been a frequent speaker with NACUBO, the AICPA, and various state societies of CPAs. He joined the firm in October 2019 from the FASB.  Rick is a member of BKD’s Not-for-Profit Center of Excellence, which is an internal committee focused on addressing issues important to the not-for-profit sector.

Before joining BKD, Rick worked at the FASB, where he served as a supervising project manager for almost six years. In that role, he was the project manager on Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-14, Presentation of Financial Statements of Not-for-Profit Entities; ASU 2018-08, Clarifying the Scope and Accounting Guidance for Contributions Received and Contributions Made; ASU 2019-03, Updating the Definition of Collections; and the Financial Performance Reporting for business entities project. He was also the coordinator for FASB’s NFP Advisory Committee and the Private Company Council. 

Prior to joining the FASB, Rick was the Vice President and Controller at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where he worked for over seven years, and before that was a senior manager with KPMG LLP, where he worked for over fourteen years. Rick is a part-time lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies in their M.S. of Nonprofit Management program. He earned a B.S. and an MBA from Montclair State University.  He is a CPA in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the AICPA and the New York State Society of CPAs.


  • NOPM PS5320: Nonprofit Financial Management


  • M.B.A., Montclair State University
  • B.S., Montclair State University