David MacKusick, JD, CPA

David MacKusick, JD, CPA

Forbes School of Business  

David MacKusick is an Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University. He grew up in the Midwest and enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school. When his enlistment ended, he went to work for Northwest Airlines as an aircraft mechanic and, while working full time, went back to school and earned a degree in accounting at Clayton State University in Morrow, GA, and a law degree from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. During his legal career, he has worked as a public defender, at the IRS, and in private practice handling tax cases and criminal defense primarily in federal court. As a professor at Ashford, MacKusick enjoys interacting with his students and sharing his experience with them, saying he learns from them as well. His advice for current and incoming students is to make a commitment to give every class your best effort. “In addition, every student should keep in mind that there is more to higher education than just the course material. Getting a college education includes mastering advanced writing and critical thinking skills, engaging in the exchange of ideas through courteous discussions with classmates and faculty, and discovering that people hold different, yet equally valid, viewpoints than your own.” MacKusick and his wife live in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where they enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mountain bike riding, and canoeing.