SCU Accounting Department Grows by Two
The Accounting Department has welcomed two new faculty members to its ranks this year: Joe Maglione '77 and Brian Dela Pena '01.
Joe Maglione '77 is one of our newest faculty members. He has been a part of the Accounting Department in a variety of ways for almost 45 years. As a student, he graded for former University President, Father Paul Locatelli's Cost Accounting course, and won the O. Robert Anderson Award as the top accounting student of his graduating class.
Joe joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now simply known as Deloitte) after graduation and remained there for 41 years, advancing to partner. He was one of the founding members of the Accounting Department Advisory Board, and has served actively from 1988, when the board was formed, until retirement from Deloitte in 2018. He will be continuing on the Board in an Emeritus role.
Joe met his wife, Celia ’77 (English and History) at Santa Clara. Their daughter Leslie '06, J.D. '09, (English and Philosophy) and son Jay '13 (Accounting) also attended SCU. Their second daughter, Erica, graduated from Villanova with a degree in Accounting. Currently, Erica works with EY in London, and Leslie works as an attorney specializing in governmental law for the city of Mountain View. Jay is with a private startup, and is keeping Joe busy on weekends – they are rehabilitating an old Victorian in San Francisco together.
Some people might have seized on retirement as a time to take it easy, but Joe has instead taken on the challenge of introducing students to financial accounting. During fall 2018, he is leading a multi-level class of non-business students with a variety of minors (Entrepreneurship, International Business, Retail Studies, Real Estate and others) through the mysteries of financial statement preparation and interpretation. In the winter and spring, he will teach financial accounting for business majors.
Joe says the move to the classroom has presented several challenges, especially with the different class levels and interests of his students. The number of hours of prep for each lecture is high – distilling a wealth of information into the time available in a quarter isn’t easy, and Joe is taking some extra time to tailor the course project to fit the students’ minors. Nonetheless, he is up for the challenge and plans to continue. Besides the interaction with students, Joe says one of the best aspects has been the warm welcome he has received from other faculty. We are delighted to have him and hope he will be teaching at Santa Clara for a long time!
Brian Dela Pena '01 joined the Accounting Department as an adjunct faculty in Fall 2018. He will be teaching ACTG 20 during the 2018-19 academic year. Brian graduated from Santa Clara University in 2001 with a degree in accounting.
Through October 2018, he was the assistant corporate controller at Dropbox where he had the opportunity to help lead the company through its initial public offering (IPO), completed in March 2018. In November, he joined VMware and is the controller of accounting operations where he leads all global accounting and finance operations for the company. Brian has spent his career working in the San Francisco Bay Area in technology companies. Besides Dropbox, after graduation, he worked in the San Jose office of EY (where he worked on the Google audit and IPO), Adobe, Cisco, and VMware.
Outside of work, Brian is a competitive runner and spends his free time training for various races of all distances from 5km to 10km to half and full marathons. He also enjoys world travel, eating, Japanese Whiskey, and most of all, spending time with his family and friends.