H. J. Zoffer served as dean of the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business of the University of Pittsburgh from 1968 to 1996, following a career in teaching and university administration. He holds the BBA, MA, and PhD degrees, as well as the CPCU designation from the American Institute. His doctorate was earned at the University of Pittsburgh, where his major fields of interest were economics and corporate finance.
Professor Zoffer was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship in Applied Mathematics and has taught courses in accounting, industrial organization and management, business ethics, and corporation finance. In 1986 he was selected as Man of the Year in Education by Vectors-Pittsburgh.
Professor Zoffer is the author of a number of articles and books on such subjects as individual and group decision-making under risk, the social responsibility of business, continuing education for managers, business ethics, corporate risk analysis, accounting education, and improving institutional credibility. His articles have been published in such journals as Management Review, Academy of Management Review, Management Accounting, the Journal of General Management, and Corporate Governance.