The Loyola University Maryland Sellinger School of Business and Management named Towson-resident Bobby E. Waldrup chair of the accounting department. Waldrup brings experience in education, forensic accounting and fraud investigation.
“I’m confident Dr. Waldrup’s tremendous leadership will drive innovation in our accounting program and prepare students for dynamic careers,” said Karyl B. Leggio, 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 (UNF), where he served as a professor and associate provost. Since 1998, he had also held the position of associate dean at UNF and taught managerial, cost and forensic accounting along with auditing theory in the Coggin College of Business. While at UNF, he 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,” Waldrup said. “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.”
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.
He holds a doctorate 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 Mississippi.