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Saint Xavier University holds ribbon cutting for new Loop location

One-of-a-kind Financial Fraud Examination classes offered in Chicago Bar Association Building

Chicago (May 7, 2007) – Saint Xavier University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Loop location at the Chicago Bar Association building at 321 S. Plymouth Ct. on Thursday, May 3. 
Attendees included Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D.; Chicago Bar Association Executive Director and President Terrance M. Murphy; Chicago Bar Association Second Vice President the Honorable  E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., presiding judge, First Municipal District, Circuit Court of Cook County; and other University friends and leaders.   

“Saint Xavier University is honored to partner with the Chicago Bar Association in this way,” Dwyer said. “We are pleased to have this significant opportunity to bring a unique, classroom-based MBA program to downtown Chicago.”

Beginning in January, Saint Xavier has offered graduate classes in the Financial Fraud Examination and Management program in the Chicago Bar Association building. 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.

Saint Xavier’s program is the only classroom-based MBA program in financial fraud and identity theft in the country, said William Kresse, assistant professor, director and architect of the Financial Fraud Examination and Management graduate program at Saint Xavier’s Graham School of Management. Kresse is a member of the Chicago Bar Association.

One of the newest graduate degrees at Saint Xavier University, the program combines elements of law enforcement, law, accounting and general business education. The need for financial fraud examiners is rapidly growing, largely due to new federal laws requiring auditors to take additional steps to identify fraud as well as new accounting standards enacted since the Enron scandal, Kresse said. As a result, the Certified Fraud Examiner credential has become one of the most in-demand certifications by employers in both government and industry.

The certificate program, which consists of four 10-week classes, can be completed in less than a year and can be applied to a Master of Business Administration or a Master of Science in Finance.  

Kresse is the chair of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ Higher Education Advisory Committee. He 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. 

Contact Joe Moore
(773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu


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.