In addition to his responsibilities as faculty athletics representative (FAR) since February, 2008 for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Dr. Messina is the endowed Alumni and Friends Professor of Accounting in the Collat School of Business. He has been on the faculty since 1993. Frank received his doctorate in Accounting from Mississippi State University in 1993, a master’s in professional accountancy at MSU in 1990, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of West Alabama in 1986.
Frank has four times been awarded for UAB Excellence in Classroom Teaching; has received the UAB President’s Excellence in Teaching Award; twice received the Loudell Ellis Robinson Excellence in Accounting Teaching Award, the NSAC Silver Pen Research Award and the Kinder Morgan/El Paso Energy Foundation Faculty Achievement Award, along with several other teaching and research honors.
Dr. Messina publishes and edits extensively in tax and accounting journals and has taught a variety of seminars and courses around the world over the past many years.
Frank has served as a member of the NCAA’s prestigious Committee on Academics, Chair the Progress Towards degree committee and is very active in C-USA as well.
Dr. Messina and his wife, Natalie have four sons, Taylor, Thomas (In Heaven), TJ and Teddy.