One of the driving forces behind creating a forensic accounting program at West Virginia University is the recipient of a national honor.

Richard Riley , the Louis F. Tanner Distinguished Professor of Public Accounting in WVU s College of Business and Economics , has been named 2008 Educator of the Year by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Riley was instrumental in creating the Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation graduate program in 2004. He was also part of a group that created national curriculum guidelines for such programs under a grant from the National Institute of Justice. Last year, he implemented an educational program for the Internal Revenue Service.

He was nominated by William J. Kresse, director of graduate programs in financial fraud examination and management at St. Xavier Universitys Graham School of Management.

Dr. Riley is one of the most active academics in the promotion of fraud examination and forensic accounting as an academic discipline,Kresse said.His work at the helm of the Department of Justice National Institute for Justice-funded model curriculum project was extremely important. He isconsideredone of the leaders in theanti-fraud community.

Riley joined the WVU faculty in 1998. Since 2002, he has performed expert financial analysis and litigation support for the mining, construction and minerals processing industries and investigated biometrics for the biometrics industry and automated litigation support for the Department of Justice.

Riley and Tim Pearson, director of the Division of Accounting , were instrumental in bringing the Institute for Fraud Prevention to WVU .

Before joining WVU , Riley was senior accountant at Deloitte&Touche and vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Georgetown Leather Design Co. and Jordan Kitts Music.

He has a bachelors degree in accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University, a masters degree in professional accountancy from WVU and a doctorate from the University of Tennessee.