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Meet Our Two New Fulltime Faculty

Richard Lahijani
Richard Lahijani
Rich practiced Real Estate and Partnership taxation for over 15 years. He has extensive experience delivering tax consulting services to REIT and private equity clients as well as assisting in annual and quarterly REIT reviews. Rich has taught various accounting and taxation courses throughout his teaching career. He has a passion for helping students achieve their full potential and delivering career guidance and job interview skills.
Sean Stein Smith
Sean Stein Smith
Dr. Stein Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Business and Economics department. Before transitioning to academia full time, beginning with his appointment to a faculty position at Rutgers University, he worked in several corporate financial planning and accounting roles in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Dr. Stein Smith is actively engaged in the accounting community, having been awarded the NJCPA 30 under 30 in 2015, the Institute of Management Accountants Young Professional of the Year Award in 2016, and currently serves on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Alumni Association Board of Governors. Sean is also a member of the 2017 Class of the AICPA Leadership Academy.

His research interests and areas of expertise include integrated financial reporting, non-financial reporting, and the intersection of technology, strategic planning, and accounting. Dr. Stein Smith is a contributor to Thrive Global, publishes a weekly column for, and is a member of the NJCPA Content Advisory Board, where he is routinely featured in the state society magazine. As a member of the AICPA Financial Literacy Commission, he has been quoted, interviewed, and recorded in numerous regional and national publications on personal finance issues.

June 2016 Department Newsletter, Issue 2 Volume 1

January 2016 Department Newsletter, Issue 1 Volume 1

Lehman Students Meet Fed Chair Janet Yellen

Lehman Economics & Business Students Win the Maiden Lane 2015 College Fed Challenge

Lehman College Department of Economics and Business wins the Maiden Lane 2015 College Fed Challenge. Students Jasim Ahmed, Jigme Choerab, Jairo Guerra, and Nicholas Wilk spent months preparing for the competition with their advisor, Dr. Nikolaos Papanikolaou, by going over monetary policy, the inner workings of the Federal Reserve System, and analyzing macroeconomic data.

As noted by the Education and Outreach division at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York;

  • The College Fed Challenge is a competition designed to bring real-world economics into the classroom. Teams play the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy.

  • The College Fed Challenge is an unforgettable experience in economic analysis, monetary policy decision-making, public speaking and teamwork. Fed Challenge participants develop skills--the ability to think analytically, to make effective presentations, to work as a team, to think on their feet--that are valuable in both their academic and professional careers.

As winners of the Maiden Lane College Fed Challenge, Lehman College was given the opportunity by the Outreach and Educational Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to travel to Washington, D.C., at the Board of Governors and meet the Chair of the Federal Reserve System, Janet Yellen. This was an unforgettable experience for the students.

We look forward in competing in the 2016 College Fed challenge! Go Lehman!

Lehman College Student Chapter of SHRM selected to receive a 2014-15 Honorable Mention Award.

Lehman College's Student Chapter of The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) received a 2014-2015 Honorable Mention Award from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The SHRM student chapter was selected for providing exceptional growth and development opportunities to its student chapter members. The Lehman College SHRM Student Chapter which worked under the guidance of Professor Shirley Bishop, Human Resource Management Lecturer in the Department of Economics and Business, received a digital logo (see below) for use in electronic or print communications and will be recognized in SHRM's publications and at its conferences.

Society Human Resource Management Honorable Mention Logo