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Sellinger School names new accounting chair with expertise in fraud, forensics

| By Nick Alexopulos
Bobby Waldrup

The Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management has named Bobby E. Waldrup, Ph.D., new chair of the department of accounting. Waldrup will assume his new role at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year.

Waldrup’s extensive pedagogical experience and related scholarship on forensic accounting and fraud investigation position him on the forefront of the accounting field, which has evolved significantly over the last decade.

"I'm confident Dr. Waldrup's tremendous leadership will drive innovation in our accounting program and prepare students for dynamic careers that will require them to anticipate future industry disruptions of similar scale and scope to recent high-profile accounting scandals that led to the creation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act," said Karyl B. Leggio, Ph.D., dean of the Sellinger School. "The new strategic vision he brings adds immeasurable value to Loyola’s accounting curriculum and the Sellinger School as a whole."

Waldrup comes to Loyola from the University of North Florida, where he is currently a professor and associate provost in the Coggin College of Business. Since 1998, he has also held the position of associate dean at UNF and taught managerial, cost, and forensic accounting, along with auditing theory. While at UNF, he has traveled to Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Rome, and Florence to teach accounting to students studying abroad.

His additional experience in academia includes a year as chairperson of accounting and CIS at Delta State University and three years as a visiting assistant professor of financial and managerial accounting at Hardin-Simmons University. He also spent two years working in the internal audit department of Amerada Hess, an integrated oil company.

"The Sellinger School of Business and Management is nationally respected for the quality of its programs and faculty, and I am thrilled and honored to become a part of that heritage," said Waldrup. "The accounting faculty shares a deep commitment to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of today’s business environment which is becoming both increasingly global and interconnected. My teaching philosophy is one of self-reflection where students come to understand not only the science but also the societal implications of the accounting discipline. The triple bottom line–people, planet, and profit–is a natural extension of the Jesuit educational tradition."

"Businesses today, more than ever, are dealing with complex issues in rapidly changing environments, and it’s critical for our accounting students to develop the skills necessary to face those challenges," said Christine D. Aspell, '90, chair of Loyola's accounting advisory board and audit partner at KPMG LLP. "Dr. Waldrup's experience and presence here will make that possible."

Waldrup has published more than 30 papers on fraud, forensic accounting, ethics, internal control, and teaching technology, and presented many of those papers at professional conferences. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Accounting Historians Society, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Throughout his career in academia, he has been heavily involved in university committees on issues ranging from student fees to faculty enhancement. For over a decade he has given his time to teach continuing education courses both in the university setting and at accounting firms.

He holds a Ph.D. in accountancy from the University of Mississippi and an MPA in professional accountancy from Mississippi State University. He is also a certified public accountant (inactive) in the state of Mississippi.

When Waldrup arrives on campus he will relieve Andrea Giampetro-Meyer, J.D., who is serving as interim department chair. Giampetro-Meyer will continue in her role as chair of the department of law and social responsibility.

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