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Distinguished WVU Professor of Accounting Named the 2013 Wheeling Jesuit Alumni Scholar in Residence

A national expert in forensic accounting and distinguished professor at West Virginia University, Dr. Richard (Dick) Riley, Jr., has been chosen by Wheeling Jesuit University as the 2013 Alumni Scholar in Residence.

During the week of Sept. 23-27, Riley will lecture in a variety of courses at his alma mater as the Alumni Scholar in Residence. He also will be the keynote speaker at a public lecture at 7 p.m., Sept. 26.

The Bridgeport Ohio native and member of the Wheeling Jesuit class of 1984, Riley is the Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting at West Virginia University and director of research for WVU's Institute for Fraud Prevention where WVU is a recognized leader in research and classroom approaches to forensic accounting and fraud examination. His public lecture, “The Intersection of Ethics and Fraud: Whistleblowing,” is open to the local community and will be held in the Discovery Center, located in WJU's Center for Educational Technologies.

"We are grateful to Dick for visiting Wheeling Jesuit. He is distinguished in his field and our students are sure to benefit from the information and knowledge he will share with them," said Rev. James Fleming, S.J., WJU president.

“I look forward to returning to WJU and sharing my knowledge with today's students,” Riley said. “My goal is to demonstrate the value of blending creative problem-solving, grounded in academic theory and informed by best practices of working professionals.”

Riley added, “As alumni, we need to share our work ¬- successes and failures - so that others may derive solutions to life's problems more effectively and efficiently. Those lessons learned are beneficial for students and informative for our fellow alumni. The Alumni Scholar in Residence program makes sharing a reality.”

During the week, Riley will lecture in a variety of courses ranging from offerings in criminal justice to accounting, and business law. In addition, he will speak at the Wheeling Rotary at noon, Tuesday, Sept. 24.

“I know our students will benefit greatly from Dr. Riley's expertise in forensic accounting and his unique background,” said Dr. Rob Phillips, dean of WJU's College of Arts and Sciences. “His messages, whether discussing theory to an accounting class or ethical situations to a criminal justice class, will provide Wheeling Jesuit students with great knowledge - knowledge that will help them during their education and once they graduate.”

The public lecture, Riley said will offer insights into some recent high profile events.

“Recent events, like Edward Snowden and the Catholic Church abuse scandal, suggest that whistle-blowing is a topic worthy of discussion and inquiry. Whistle-blowing tends to be emotionally charged and the right answer not always obvious,” Riley explained. “At the same time, the consequences of whistle-blowing choices on our lives can be exceptional. In the public session, we'll take a deeper look at whistle-blowing, fraudulent behaviors and ethics.”

Riley is a CPA, CFE, CFF, forensic accountant and fraud examiner who has developed and implemented fraud and forensic accounting education programs for the United States National Institute of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Since 2002, Riley has performed expert financial analysis and litigation support services, offering deposition and trial testimony. He has published two books: Financial Statement Fraud: Prevention and Detection with Zabi Rezaee and Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination with Joseph Wells and Mary-Jo Kranacher.

In 2013, the West Virginia University Foundation recognized Riley for his outstanding teaching, the highest recognition for teaching at WVU. At West Virginia University, he not only teaches traditional accounting classes but also works in the classroom in the areas of forensic accounting/fraud examination (FAFE), performance measurement and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Riley has been recognized nationally for his contributions in forensic accounting and fraud examination: The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2008 Educator of the Year; 2012 ACFE Hubbard Outstanding Achievement Award; 2009 American Accounting Association Innovations in Accounting Education Award; The 2013 Max Block Award* from the CPA Journal; the 2013 American Accounting Association FIA Section Outstanding Research Manuscript.

In addition to his undergraduate degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit, Riley earned a master's of professional accountancy from West Virginia University and doctorate of philosophy degree from the University of Tennessee.

The Alumni Scholar in Residence Program was born from the University's 50-Year Club three years ago. Riley is just the third WJU graduate to serve as an Alumni Scholar in Residence. All expenses incurred by the alumni scholar are donated, as a gift, to their alma mater.

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