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What was your previous position and where?Most recently, I taught for 23 years at Texas A&M University and operated a successful real estate company in College Station/Bryan, Texas. I previously taught at Penn State University, the University of Florida and the University of Southern California.
What brought you to LSU?After I established an endowed professorship in honor of my parents, Donald and Velvia Crumbley, at LSU, I was invited to join the accounting faculty. I decided to get out of the real estate business, become a full-time professor again and give back to the university that gave me such a valuable start in my career.
What is your research interest?My research interests are corporate taxation, forensic accounting, petroleum accounting, education research and tax research.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?I would like to establish a strong forensic accounting track in the E. J. Ourso College of Business. I also would like to develop a stronger emphasis in petroleum accounting and taxation. A strong master of taxation program is essential for the survival of LSUís accounting department. I wish for at least one of my novels to be made into a movie, and I would like to help create a television series with a forensic accountant as the main character.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?I enjoy teaching students at LSU that wish to learn and still have a strong work ethic. This position offers me the flexibility to travel to many interesting and strange countries — 120 countries so far — and continue to engage in some consulting and expert witnessing disputes.
What are your major accomplishments?My major accomplishment is the publication of 13 educational novels, including "The Ultimate Rip-off: A Taxing Tale," especially after my chairperson at Texas A&M told me not to write my first novel because it would reflect negatively on Texas A&M. I have authored more than 350 articles; 60 books, including the best-selling "Forensic & Investigative Accounting"; served as editor of the Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly for 33 years; and served as editor of two other forensic accounting journals, including the Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting.