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Featured speaker is Richard M. Scrushy, former CEO, HealthSouth,

subject of Sarbanes-Oxley Act’s Landmark Case 

Pfeiffer University presents Fraud and Forensic Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Experts, a one-day conference for accounting, law enforcement, security, administrative healthcare and related professionals, on Wed., June 11, 2014, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College St., Charlotte, N.C. 

The event’s kick-off presenter is Richard M. Scrushy, founder and former CEO, HealthSouth Corporation of Birmingham, Ala., one of the first U.S. corporate executive indicted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, a law that set new standards for accountability for the officers of U.S. boards, management and public accounting firms. Mr. Scrushy was found not guilty of the charges of the financial statement fraud at HealthSouth.  Mr. Scrushy, who now speaks publicly about safeguarding against the temptation often present in corporate America to behave unethically, served nearly five years in federal prison after a 2006 conviction in an unrelated case for money laundering, extortion, obstruction of justice, racketeering and bribery.

The forum’s agenda, which includes expert national and regional speakers and several breakout sessions, is designed to address the specialized needs of professionals in this fast-growing field. Other keynote presenters include Richard D. Knapp, founder, Supernova Consulting and Anne M. McGeorge, national managing partner for healthcare practice, Grant Thornton. 

According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2012 Report to the Nations on Occupational Fraud and Abuse, only three percent of financial fraud, which takes place typically for an average of 18 months before being discovered, is detected by external audit. Over the coming decade, as organizations put into place the instruments,  processes  and personnel needed to curb fraud and mitigate its losses (an average of five percent of annual revenue for typical organizations) the demand for experts in the field of fraud investigations is expected to escalate dramatically.

 “Employers across industries will seek professionals with the skills and knowledge to uncover white-collar crime; investigate the financial aspects of organized crime and terrorism;  and understand and possess the credentials to conduct civil litigation proceedings as well as matrimony, business and asset valuations, lawsuits between joint ventures, and similar activities,” said Dr. Patrick Malloy, CPA, associate professor of accounting and director of Pfeiffer’s newest undergraduate and graduate programs, B.S. Financial Fraud and Fraud Examinations (FFFE) and M.S. Financial Fraud Investigations (FFI). “This educational conference opens opportunities for those interested in the field to take steps toward becoming the financial fraud industry’s newest leaders.”

The conference offers eight (8) hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. Registration is required. For the complete conference agenda and to register, visit

Registration includes attendance at a pre-conference networking session (cash bar), Tues. June 10,

6-8 p.m., Urban Sip, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St., Charlotte. Event sponsors include Asbury Management Group, Barker Jones & Co., Grant Thornton, Lincoln Financial Group, and Rives and Associates LLP.


Pfeiffer University Fraud and Forensic Investigations: Lessons Learned from the Experts

June 11, 2014

Welcome                                                                Dr. D. Larry Crumbley ’63, CFD, Cr.FA, CPA, CFF, FCPA

                                                                                Executive in Residence, Dept. of Accounting

                                                                                Pfeiffer University

Morning Keynote                                                   Richard M. Scrushy

Building the Billion Dollar Company                      Former CEO

and Some Things that Can Go Wrong                    HealthSouth


Breakout Session

Financial Forensics in Insurance                            Richard Pasquantonio, CPA, CFF, CFE, CDFA

Fraud Investigations                                               Manager, Forensic Accounting

                                                                                Barker Jones & Co.


Special Address                                                      Robert D. Knapp

American Greed and Avoiding the                         Founder

Inevitable Ponzi Scheme                                         Supernova Consulting


Networking Luncheon and                                     Dr. D. Larry Crumbley ’63, CFD, Cr.FA, CPA, CFF, FCPA

Recognition Ceremony                                           Outstanding Career Service in the Field of Forensic and

Investigative Accounting

                                                                                C. William Barker ’60, CPA/CFF, CFE

                                                                                Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Financial Forensics

Afternoon Keynote                                                 Anne M. McGeorge, CPA

Shifting Sands…The Changing                                 National Managing Partner, Health Care Practice

Health Care Market Place and Its                          Grant Thornton

Effect on Fraud Risk                                                              


Breakout Sessions

How to Set Yourself Apart in the                           Elaine Leggett, CPA, CFF, CGMA, CFE

Marketplace – Become a CFF and/or CFE             Manager, Forensic Services

                                                                                Barker Jones & Co.


Digital Footprints: Tracking                                    Alan “Skip” Westfall

Fraudsters in the 21st-Century                                                Managing Director, Forensic, Investigative & Dispute Services

                                                                                Grant Thornton

Do Good People Commit Fraud?                            Richard T. Livingston, CPA, CFF, CFE, CVA

                                                                                Director, Forensic Litigation Support and Valuation Services Division

                                                                                Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP


Concluding Session                                                 Erik C. Lioy, CPA, CFE, CFF

5 Fatal Flaws and How to Avoid Them                  Partner, Carolinas Forensic and Valuation Services Practice Leader


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First fraud conference draws industry pros and world class speakers

FFC PictureOn June 11, Pfeiffer University hosted its first fraud and forensic investigations conference, drawing accounting, law enforcement, security, healthcare administrators and others from across disciplines.
The event was kicked off by Dr. Larry Crumbley ’63, LSU accounting professor and executive in residence for Pfeiffer’s accounting program. Keynoting was Richard Scrushy, former CEO, HealthSouth, whose personal experience informed his presentation Building the Billion Dollar Company and Some Things that Can Go Wrong.


Pfeiffer baseball coaching legend Joe Ferebee on WCNC

Joe FerebeePfeiffer University and North Carolina baseball coaching legend Joe Ferebee was featured in a segment on Charlotte’s WCNC-TV on Sunday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. WCNC’s Sports Anchor/Reporter Russ Owens sat down with Coach Ferebee and asked him about his career and accomplishments.


Pfeiffer’s Fraud Investigations programs featured on WFAE’s “Charlotte Talks”

WFAE Fraud Listen here:

On Wed., June 4, 9-10 a.m., “Charlotte Talks” (WFAE, 90.7 FM) welcomes Pfeiffer University’s Dr. Patrick Malloy, assistant professor of accounting and director of undergraduate and graduate Financial Fraud programs, for a conversation about the growing need for credentialed professionals in this fast-growing field.

 “Over the coming decade, corporations and nonprofit organizations of all sizes must be equipped to investigate and recognize white collar crime and detect financial activities related to organized crime and terrorism,” said Dr. Malloy. “Pfeiffer is preparing students to meet this need by partnering with major banks and accounting firms to develop curriculum designed especially for this purpose. We look forward to the opportunity to share what is happening at Pfeiffer and in the field on ‘Charlotte Talks.’”


Estate Gift Supports a New SMART Classroom

SmartPodiumPfeiffer University will dedicate a SMART classroom on its Misenheimer campus to the memory of longtime faculty member and Stanly County resident Nancy Henderson, a project that will be funded by a gift to Pfeiffer from Ms. Henderson’s estate. The gift, which was announced by President Michael C. Miller at Pfeiffer’s spring commencement ceremony, totals nearly $148,000.

Ms. Henderson, who passed away in February, arrived at Pfeiffer in 1964 to teach English. In 1986, she earned a master’s degree in in computer information services from the University of Evansville, an accomplishment that led to her being named Pfeiffer’s first credentialed instructor for information technology. She taught computer information systems until she retired in 2002.


Pfeiffer Mourns the Death of Longtime Pfeiffer Trustee J. Keith Crisco ‘64

J. Keith Crisco ’64, who has served for more than 30 years as a Pfeiffer University trustee, including board chair, died suddenly on May 12 at his home in Asheboro, North Carolina.

With a long history of public service, Crisco, who was appointed North Carolina Secretary of Commerce in 2008 by then-Governor Bev Purdue, most recently was a candidate for U.S. House District 2, facing former “American Idol” finalist Clay Aiken in the Democratic primary on May 6. The candidates had been waiting for a final vote in a race that indicated a difference of less than 400 votes before deciding whether or not a recount would be called.

An extraordinarily committed alumnus, Crisco was present at Pfeiffer most years for Homecoming and frequently for Falcons basketball games. In fall 2013, he and his wife, Jane Sidbury Crisco ’63, served as honorary chairs for Met My Mate, an annual Homecoming event for couples who met at Pfeiffer. Recently, he was instrumental in the success of an event at the North Carolina Museum of Art that brought together friends and alumni of the university and, in 2013, was a featured speaker at Pfeiffer’s first-ever reunion of MBA graduates.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Pfeiffer are with the Crisco family,” said Michael C. Miller, president, Pfeiffer University, Crisco’s friend and Asheboro neighbor. “Keith was an outstanding individual in every respect and will be missed beyond measure.” 


2014 Science Grads Soar Toward New Chapters in their Lives

IMG 1958Spring commencement ceremonies brought excitement and provided a springboard for what’s next for many 2014 Pfeiffer graduates. The experiential education that science students received leaves them with options and optimism for the future.

Chemistry major Zach Dyer originally thought that after high school he would attend one of the U.S. military academies. But a talk with his older brother, Chris, a 2010 Pfeiffer graduate, steered him to Misenheimer. Once at Pfeiffer, Dyer was quickly impressed by his professors’ concern for his success and their willingness to guide his studies.


Pfeiffer Holds Spring 2014 Commencement Service

CommencementPfeiffer University held its commencement services for graduating seniors Saturday, May 10. There were 149 graduates who received diplomas in the ceremony at Merner Gymnasium. Brad Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was the commencement speaker.

Wilson encouraged students to push beyond their perceived boundaries about themselves and the world by quoting Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali:


Falcons' Women’s Lacrosse Team Sent Off to NCAA Quarter-finals in Style

3GradsThe exciting news that the Pfeiffer University women’s lacrosse team had earned a second-consecutive spot in the NCAA quarter-finals came with a twist—three graduating seniors would miss commencement exercises at Pfeiffer’s Misenheimer campus on May 10.

So that the girls wouldn’t miss out on their college graduation experience, a special ceremony on May 6 allowed them to wear their caps and gowns and receive their diplomas in person. In full regalia, President Michael C. Miller and several other faculty members presented Maryland natives Kristina Anderson (Gaithersburg,) Katherine Athens (Huntingtown), and Sarah Daly (New Market) with their degrees during a brief but meaningful ceremony in Stokes Student Center.


Experiential Learning Opportunities for Sport Management Students

ACC Mens Golf 1Pfeiffer University sport management students have had numerous opportunities recently to work with some of the top athletic organizations and facilities available in North Carolina.  These include working at the ACC Men’s Golf Championships at the Old North State Club; partnering with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Single-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox; and networking at the 10th Annual Charlotte Bobcats Career Fair.


First-Ever Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award Presented to Education Major

AmandaJeanMalloyAwd MeghanLowder Family 2Today, Megan Lowder ‘14, became the first recipient of the Amanda Jean Malloy Memorial Educational Award at Pfeiffer University. Meghan, an elementary education major, was presented the award by Dr. Patrick Malloy, associate professor of Accounting. Dr. Malloy is father of the award’s namesake, Amanda Jean Malloy, an elementary school teacher and karate black belt who was hit and killed by a narcotics-impaired driver while jogging in November 2008 near her home on Long Island, N.Y.

“I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Meghan,” said Dr. Malloy. “She exemplifies commitment to leadership, her community, and living life to its fullest; she will be a very effective teacher who will go above and beyond for each and every child in her class as well as others who come into contact with her in her school. She is just that kind of special person.”


Senior Art Majors Present “Junk in the Trunk” for Culminating Artworks

faded color verticalPfeiffer University’s senior art majors put on a great show on the Misenheimer campus on Wed., April 23 to display their artwork as a prelude to graduation. 
With campus gallery space unavailable this year, students brainstormed with their professor, Joshua Cross, to present a modified version of big-city art sales. For a full day, they presented Junk in the Trunk, an exhibition that allowed each artist to display his or her work in a U-Haul truck.