Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

MU Accounting Alumnus Establishes Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Speaker Series

MU alumnus Jay Dawdy (BS Acc '89) has committed to funding a lecture series in the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business that will focus on forensic accounting and fraud examination. The new lecture series coincides with the School of Accountancy's courses in fraud detection and accounting analysis. The periodic lectures will augment the classroom experience by creating an opportunity for accountancy students and faculty members to collaborate with professionals.

"Bringing these professionals to campus will expose our students to the intricacies of the profession and the options for future careers in the field," Vairam Arunachalam, director of the School of Accountancy said. "The opportunity to complement our program with this commitment to engage guest speakers in the area of forensic accounting and fraud examination will greatly benefit our students."

The School of Accountancy and Dawdy have begun to identify national prominent speakers for its inaugural lecture scheduled for fall 2009. At least three to six speakers will be scheduled each year.

"The MU School of Accountancy has a great reputation. Assisting with new resources to further enhance the forensic accounting and fraud examination focus is necessary to maintain its excellence," said Dawdy, a certified fraud examiner, certified management accountant, experienced fraud investigator and partner and senior managing director of Gryphon Investigations in New York. "Forensic accounting and fraud examination comprise a growing profession. The need for students to gain an understanding of our industry is critical, and this speaker series is another way to help prepare them for their careers. It also presents an opportunity for other MU accountancy alumni in the profession to come back to campus and collaborate with these talented students."

In conjunction with the speaker series, the School of Accountancy is planning to establish a student chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). "The partnership between ACFE and the school can provide our students with additional professional development and networking opportunities," Arunachalam said. "Combined with the new speaker series, we are able to make the educational experience in the School of Accountancy that much stronger and more relevant."