David Capitano

David Capitano

Partner, CPA · +1 (610) 927 4512

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As the higher education practice leader, Dave Capitano provides oversight to more than 200 team members servicing over 400 colleges and universities across the United States. David is also the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania market leader. David has more than 25 years of hands-on experience working with college and university leadership in a variety of strategic areas. Dave specializes in working with organizations through mergers, consolidations and strategic partnerships.

  • Serves as overall engagement partner for the 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
  • Managing Partner Central PA
  • Managing Partner Northern PA
  • Managing Partner Pittsburgh  
  • Licensed CPA in Pennsylvania and West Virginia


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania
  • Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities of New York
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas


  • 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




Harvard Business School (Boston, Massachusetts)
Executive Leadership Program

King’s College (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)
Bachelor of Science