David Capitano

David Capitano



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As the firm’s higher education practice leader, Dave Capitano provides oversight to more than 200 team members serving over 400 colleges, universities, research institutions and higher education systems across the United States.

Dave has more than 30 years of experience working with college and university leadership and boards in a variety of strategic advisory and accounting areas. He specializes in working with organizations through mergers, consolidations and strategic partnerships. Dave is a proactive, driven, results-oriented professional with a passion for amplifying talent and collaborating alongside educators and leaders. He takes a hands-on approach working closely with institutional leadership to provide guidance to be sustainable and resilient.

  • Co-leads Baker Tilly’s collegiate athletics and esports practice, working with athletic directors, coaches and student athletes to help them succeed on and off the field
  • Serves as overall engagement principal for a large state system, a role that required coordinating more than 7,000 staffing hours to deliver the consolidated financial statements for 14-plus universities
  • Acts as partner-in-charge or relationship partner of more than 20 private and community colleges and universities
  • Provides accounting and audit expertise to national and local media outlets and publications, including USA Today, AICPA Insights, Compliance Week, Central Penn Business Journal, Pennsylvania CPA Journal and Reading Eagle
  • Participates in speaking engagements for Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, Community College Business Officers and various other higher education related associations
  • Conducted an operational review and evaluation of the budgeting and business processes for Harvard Law School. Shared findings for improving communication protocols, aligning workflow processes with overall end objectives and goals, and improving suggested departmental reorganization plan. Advised departments on implementing a system to effectively and efficiently manage the school’s overall budgeting capabilities
  • Worked with management teams of private and proprietary schools to develop corrective actions related to the Department of Education’s financial responsibility standards when composite scores reached unsatisfactory levels
  • Supported management with the preparation of formalized strategic plans needed to guide organizations to financial and operational improvements
  • Licensed CPA in Pennsylvania and West Virigina

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
  • Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO)
  • Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers (OACUBO)
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities of New York (CICU)
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT)
  • United Way of Berks County, board member
  • Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce, board member
  • Greater Reading Economic Partnership, board member
  • Team PA Foundation, board member
  • Vision Resource Center Berks County, 85th Anniversary Campaign, chair
  • Luzerne County Head Start, board member
  • Pittston YMCA, board member
  • United Way of North East PA, board member
  • King’s College President’s Council


Pittsburgh, PA


Bachelor of Science in accounting

King’s College

Executive Leadership Program

Harvard Business School

Graduation caps are thrown in the air in celebration

Higher Ed Advisor

Bi-weekly Baker Tilly podcast hosted by Dave Capitano with insightful guidance and leading practices for college, university and research institution leaders and board members.

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