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Instructor Bios

The Executive Master of Accounting program has been developed using a collaborative effort, combining the expertise of both academia and practice. Courses are developed, and in many cases taught, by teams of academics and practitioners. The list below represents a sample of the individuals who are involved with the development and/or delivery of the course content.


Albrecht_photo W. Steve Albrecht has served on the accounting faculty at Stanford University, the University of Illinois and is currently on faculty at Brigham Young University. He is a former president of the American Accounting Association and of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dr. Albrecht has served on the boards of directors of four public companies (SkyWest Airlines, Cypress SemiConductor, RedHat, Inc., and SunPower Corporation) and four private companies (ICON Health & Fitness, Bonneville International, Sallie Mae Bank and Deseret Mutual Benefit Administrators (DMBA)). He served as chair of the audit committee for each of these boards and has also served on compensation, nomination/governance, long-range planning, safety and other committees. Dr. Albrecht has served as an expert witness in 36 major fraud cases and has provided consulting services to many major organizations. He was selected five times as one of the 100 most influential accounting professionals in the United States by Accounting Today magazine. 


Jeffrey T. Doyle is the George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research and professor of accounting at Utah State University. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and has served on the faculties of the University of Utah and Stanford University. Dr. Doyle has published several articles in top academic research journals and has received multiple awards for both research and teaching. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he served for one year at the Financial Accounting Standards Board as a Research Fellow and has consulted hedge funds regarding trading strategies.


Esplin_photo Kimo Esplin serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Huntsman Corporation, a publicly listed (NYSE: HUN) global manufacturer of specialty and differentiated chemicals, where he oversees Accounting, Treasury, Finance, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, Information Systems and Tax. Huntsman today has approximately 16,000 associates and operates more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in more than 30 countries. In 2014, the company had revenues of over $13 billion including the acquisition of Rockwood's performance additives and titanium dioxide businesses. Mr. Esplin joined Huntsman in 1994 as Vice President and Treasurer following seven years with the Chicago office of Bankers Trust Company in Corporate Finance where he worked closely with the Huntsman organization. Kimo has a B. S. degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University and also holds an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has eight children. 

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James J. Leisenring serves as Senior Advisor to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). Prior to his current role, Mr. Leisenring was appointed a member of the International Accounting Standards Board and its liaison member to the FASB in 2001. At the time of his appointment he was Director of International Activities at the FASB. Mr. Leisenring first joined the staff of the FASB in 1982 as director of research and technical activities and has served in many capacities at the FASB including: Chairman of the Emerging Issues Task Force, vice chairman, chairman of the FASB Derivatives Implementation Group and the FASB Financial Instruments Task Force, member of the International Joint Working Group on Financial Instruments. Mr. Leisenring also served as chairman of the G4+1 group of standard setters. Prior to joining the FASB, he was a partner and director of accounting and auditing for Bristol, Leisenring, Herkner & Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan. He served as chairman of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of CPAs and has been a member of several other Institute committees. From 1964 to 1969 he was a member of the faculty of Western Michigan University. Mr. Leisenring received his BA from Albion College and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Mr. Leisenring is a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame.


Michael J. Parker is the Vice President, Reporting, Policy, and Compliance for Nike. Prior to his time at Nike, he served as Vice President, Finance Transformation for Walmart Stores, Inc., leading the Company’s Anti-Corruption Financial Controls program worldwide. Michael joined Walmart in July 2011, where he worked in a variety of finance and accounting roles beginning within the Walmart Corporate Controller’s office in Arkansas leading the technical accounting policy function for Walmart globally. Subsequent to that role, Michael was the Controller in Walmart China, after which he served as the Controller for Walmart Canada, leading the Canadian accounting organization. While in Canada, Michael also worked in the finance organization, overseeing the FP&A and merchandise Finance functions. Michael also served 12 years in a variety of senior positions with Deloitte & Touche, including 2 years in Deloitte’s U.S. National Office where he was a subject matter expert for various technical accounting and auditing matters, and responsible for the Firm’s responses to recent accounting and regulatory updates.


James H. Quigley is the former CEO of Deloitte, Touche & Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL) (the global network). Throughout his 38 years with the organization, Jim has held numerous key leadership roles and built a distinguished track record of service to many multinational clients. Jim is currently a member of several boards including Wells Fargo & Company (Chairman of their Audit and Examination Committee, member of their Risk Committee and Credit Committee); HESS Corporation (Chairman of the Audit Committee, member of the Compensation & Management Development Committee); Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Chairman of the Audit Committee); and The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is also a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation. Jim is the co-author of As One: Individual Action, Collective Power (2011), a best-selling book that addresses the leadership challenge of creating environments that inspire large groups to work together toward a common goal. Jim earned a Bachelor of Science and an honorary Doctorate of Business from Utah State University. He was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Commercial Science from Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Ulrich_image Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a co-founder and Partner with RBL Group, a consulting and development firm relating to leadership and human resources. Dr. Ulrich has a long list of professional accomplishments including being named the #1 management guru by Business Week, being profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, being identified as a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers. He has written 30 books and over 200 articles that have shaped the organizational, human resources and leadership fields. Dr. Ulrich has spoken to large audiences in 87 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; and coached successful business leaders. Dr. Ulrich gives back to his profession and others, having served as the Editor of Human Resource Management for 10 years, worked as a Trustee and advisor to universities and other professional groups, and has served extensively in his church. He and his wife, Wendy, have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Walther photo Larry Walther is the EY Professor of Accounting and Head of the School of Accountancy at Utah State University. Dr. Walther has authored numerous books and articles on accounting, and has served as director and/or consultant to a number of public and nonpublic companies. Dr. Walther earned his Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University and has public accounting experience with EY. He is past President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and served on the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Dr. Walther is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award from the Federation of Schools of Accountancy.