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William O'Brien

Department of Accounting and Finance
College of Business

San José State University
One Washington Square 
San José, CA 95192-0066




Preferred: (408) 924-3468

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday: 14:00 - 15:00 & 20:45-21:45 or By Appointment

Office Location

BT 852


  • B.S, Santa Clara University
  • M.B.A., Pepperdine University

Licenses and Certificates

  • CPA, State of California


William O'Brien is a Lecturer in the Accounting and Finance Department at San Jose State University. He received his B.S. in economics from Santa Clara University (1970) and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University (1979). He is a CPA licensed in California and a member of the American Institute of CPA's and the California Society of CPA's. Prior to joining the Santa Clara faculty in 1992, he spent over twenty years in public accounting and in various corporate and entrepreneurial settings in the dynamic Silicon Valley region of Northern California.

Mr. O'Brien is an internationally recognized consultant, author and lecturer in the fields of corporate planning, financial management, financial statement analysis and performance measurement. He has been a frequent speaker at professional seminars since 1979 and in 1994 was awarded the "Instructor Excellence" Award by the California CPA Education Foundation.

Active in the San Jose State University community, Mr. O'Brien is a co-chair of the Silicon Valley Financial Management Institute. He has also served on the boards of numerous private organizations in Santa Clara County.

 Research Interests

  • Financial Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Intangible Assets
  • Managerial Accounting