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William J. Kresse Honored as Educator of the Year

Awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Chicago (July 31, 2007) – Saint Xavier University Assistant Professor William J. Kresse was named Educator of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to fighting fraud and white collar crime. 

The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions in developing anti-fraud education at the university level. Factors considered are anti-fraud curriculum development efforts; impact on guiding students toward the anti-fraud profession; and encouraging anti-fraud education growth in their local college or university. Previous winners include W. Steve Albrecht of Brigham Young University, Norman Gierlasinski of Central Washington University, and Haluk Gursel currently of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Kresse received the award at the 18th Annual ACFE Fraud Conference & Exhibition, held July 15-20 in Orlando, Fla.

“I am deeply honored by this award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners,” Kresse said. “It is welcome recognition for the work we are doing at Saint Xavier University to advance this growing discipline in academia.” 

As chairman of the ACFE Higher Education Committee, Kresse is dedicated to helping other universities develop fraud examination programs through the Anti-Fraud Education Partnership. He is the director and architect of the financial fraud examination and management graduate program at Saint Xavier University’s Graham School of Management in Chicago, currently the only classroom-based MBA program in financial fraud and identity theft in the country.  

The program combines elements of law enforcement, law, accounting and general business education. In January, Saint Xavier began offering graduate classes in Financial Fraud Examination and Management in the Chicago Bar Association building in Chicago’s Loop. The U.S. Air Force and Chicago Police Department have both chosen the program to better train agents and officers in identity theft and financial and procurement fraud.

Kresse was also the recipient of one of the Institute of Fraud Prevention’s first research grants, which he used to create one of the most extensive studies of identity theft to date: “IDENTITY THEFT: Findings and Public Policy Recommendations From the Saint Xavier University Study of Identity Theft Incidents Reported to the Chicago Police Department, 2000 – 2006.”  

Kresse is an attorney, a certified public accountant, a certified fraud examiner, a certified forensic accountant, and a consultant in the areas of accounting, auditing, fraud, arbitration and election law. 

For an interview or to learn more about his recent study, please contact Joe Moore at (773) 298-3937 or e-mail jmoore@sxu.edu.  

About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners:

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is the leading anti-fraud association in the world, providing knowledge and training used to reduce the occurrence of corporate fraud. Together with more than 40,000 members, the ACFE is reducing fraud and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. In addition, the ACFE offers its members the unique opportunity for professional certification as Certified Fraud Examiners. For more information about the ACFE, visit www.ACFE.com.



Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.


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