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HoltfreterRobert E. Holtfreter
Distinguished Professor of Accounting
and Research
Central Washington University

An esteemed leader in the field of accounting, Dr. Holtfreter’s career spans more than four decades. In addition to his professional leadership and achievement as a scholar, he has made a substantial impact through research and service leadership in the field of accounting. Most notably, Dr. Holtfreter is recognized for his efforts to provide continuing education related to fraudulent practices, security breaches and identity theft.

Dr. Holtfreter has taught at Central Washington University for more than 20 years. A recognized leader on campus, Dr. Holtfreter has received numerous awards for his professional service, research and teaching including the 2006 Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Educator of the Year and the 2001 Outstanding Educator Award from the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. From 1983 to 1990, he held the Grant Thornton Distinguished Professorship at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Outside his career as a professor, Dr. Holtfreter has served in a number of voluntary executive leadership roles with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), American Accounting Association, Institute of Managerial Accountants and North American Accounting Society.

He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Nebraska.  

Read the full press release announcing Dr. Holtfreter as the 2016-2018 Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award Recipient.


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