William J. Kresse is an Assistant Professor at Governors State University in the Chicago suburb of University Park, Ill., and the former Director of the Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption. Professor Kresse is an attorney, a Certified Public Accountant / Certified in Financial Forensics, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Forensic Accountant and Chicago Election Commissioner.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners named Professor Kresse “Educator of the Year” in 2007. Professor Kresse holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Accountancy) from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois and a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois.
Often referred to as “Professor Fraud,” Professor Kresse has appeared widely in the media, including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, WGN, FOX, NPR, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Dallas Morning News. Professor Kresse was a contributor to The New York Times and authored the “Professor Fraud” blog on the Chicago Tribune’s website.
As an invited speaker, Professor Kresse has addressed a diverse range of groups and associations, including the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Indiana Office of Inspector General, the Southland Chamber of Commerce, the Illinois CPA Society, New York State Chapters of IIA/AGA/ACFE, the Institute of Management Accountants and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Professor Kresse has authored or co-authored numerous articles appearing in such journals as Issues in Accounting Education, The International Journal of Learning, The Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education, Performance Improvement Quarterly, Fraud Magazine, Review of Business Research, Review of Management Innovation and Creativity and The Police Chief.
Before entering academia, Professor Kresse worked in the audit division of major international CPA firms, served as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and worked as an Associate Attorney for major Chicago law firms.
Professor Kresse is a former Member of the Board of Directors for Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and a former Member of the Audit Committee of the College of DuPage. He has also served as a Hearing Officer for both the Chicago and Cook County Boards of Election and as an Arbitrator for the Cook County Circuit Court Arbitration Program. He was also a member of the Board of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Foundation.