The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world's largest anti-fraud organization, has named UNM Anderson Accounting Professor Rich Brody Educator of the Year. The prestigious ACFE Outstanding Achievement Awards recognize the contributions of anti-fraud professionals worldwide. The Educator of the Year Award is presented to an ACFE Educator member who has made an outstanding contribution in anti-fraud education.
Several factors considered by the ACFE in selecting the recipient including:
• Anti-fraud curriculum development efforts at their college or university
• Impact on guiding students towards the anti-fraud profession
• Influence in encouraging anti-fraud education growth at their local college or university
The nominee should also be active in their community.
Anderson Dean Doug Brown says Brody's success in and out of the classroom gave him the edge in receiving this very competitive award. "We are indeed proud of Rich Brody and applaud his well-deserved recognition. Rich makes an outstanding contribution to our university."
Brody will be recognized at the annual ACFE meeting in Orlando next month before more than 2,000 attendees and will address participants at the higher education meeting at the conference.
Brody calls the honor one of the highlights of his academic career. "Working on fraud issues in the community is very rewarding and receiving this award is just the icing on the cake," said Brody. "I am humbled to know that I will be recognized at the annual ACFE meeting in front of such a large international audience of fellow certified fraud examiners and educators."
Brody began focusing on fraud education back in 2001, and joined the faculty at UNM Anderson in 2006.
"Dr. Brody is a major influence on the students," said Craig White, chair, Anderson Accounting Department. "He has created awareness and excitement among our students on the issue of fraud detection and prevention. This awareness will benefit them in whatever career they choose and many are considering this as the career of their choice."
Brody is the Douglas Minge Brown Professor of Accounting, Associate Director of the Center for Information Assurance Research and Education (CIARE), and a Daniels Fund Business Ethics Fellow at UNM Anderson. He earned his Ph.D. from Arizona State University, M.S. from Colorado State University and B.S. from the University of Delaware.
Brody has worked as a staff auditor for Deloitte Haskins + Sells, a cost analyst for Hewlett Packard, and a senior financial reporting analyst for Tandem Computers. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Forensic Certified Public Accountant, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Brody also holds the Certified in Financial Forensics designation. Dr. Brody's research addresses issues related to forensic accounting, auditing and corporate governance. He has authored and/or co-authored over 80 refereed publications and has presented his work at many national and international conferences.