Program Coordinator and Faculty
Dr. Suryakant Desai is Cedar Valley's Accounting program coordinator and teaches Accounting, Personal Finance and Introduction to Business courses. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Bombay, India; master's degrees in professional accounting and in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington; and a doctorate in secondary and higher education from Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and a certified financial planner (CFP).
Full-time faculty since 1984, he taught as adjunct faculty in the district for two years and for six years prior to that in private colleges. Over the years he has taught most of the courses in the college's accounting program. Dr. Desai received the Texas Society of CPA's (TSCPA) Outstanding Community College Accounting Educator Award in October 2016 and the Association of Community Trustees' (ACCT) National Faculty Award in October 2015. He received the Association of Community College Trustees' Western Region Faculty Award in and was named Dallas College's Piper Professor in 2015. He received Cedar Valley's Piper Professor Award in 2014 and Excellence in Teaching Award in 1988. He has taught courses in the traditional classroom and in open entry/open exit and online modes.