The College of Business is proud to be AACSB accredited, as is the School of Accountancy. Only 30% of the colleges in the U.S. maintain this level of excellence in higher education, and within those colleges maintaining this accreditation, only 10% of the accounting programs reach this level.

The Fraud and Forensic Accounting program is proud to have the following mix of faculty members, who have varied and distinguished backgrounds in education and professional experience:


Tim Pearson
Timothy A. Pearson, Ph.D.

Professor and Director

Office: 2203 A

Phone: 912-478-0103

Pearson is Professor and Director of the School of Accountancy at Georgia Southern University. Previously he served as Coordinator of Graduate Accounting Programs and Chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems at West Virginia University. He is a CPA, CFF and received his BS, Macc, and PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is Executive Director Emeritus of the Institute for Fraud Prevention (IFP), an industry supported research center housed at West Virginia University founded by the ACFE and AICPA. His work with the IFP was featured in the cover story of the Jan/Feb 2010 edition of Fraud Magazine.  Dr. Pearson has conducted funded research sponsored by PwC, SAS, LexisNexis, the National Institute of Justice, the National Library of Medicine and the National Science Foundation. He is engaged in a variety of research projects. His research includes for example: anti-fraud research and education, examination of the supply and demand components in the market for audit and related services, performance measurement for regulated industries including charitable organizations and financial institutions. He also participates in research on identity management, biometrics, privacy & trust in online environments, internal controls and information security. He has made numerous academic and professional presentations on these subjects. He has published his research in refereed journals including: Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Issues in Accounting Education, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Finance, Law Enforcement Forum and the CPA Journal.

His experience teaching includes a wide number of subjects in accounting and business however most recently he has taught courses including: Personal Branding for First Year Business Students, IT Auditing, Fraud Data Analysis, Forensic Accounting and Accounting Information Systems.

Pearson is a member of the FSA and Regional Vice President for the Accounting Program Leadership Group and serves on the group’s Strategic Planning Task Force. He is currently the program chair for Forensic and Investigative Accounting’s section meeting for 2013. He is a peer review volunteer for AACSB accreditation visits. He also is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiner’s Higher Education Committee. He has served as President and Board member for the WV Tax Institute. He was Co-Chair of the Deloitte Trueblood Seminars for faculty. He also served on Professionalism and Ethics committee and Auditing Section Education committee for the American Accounting Association.

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Thomas Buckhoff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: 3301

Phone: 912-478-7142

tbuckhoff@georgiasouthern.eduThomas Buckhoff is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University. He is also a partner with Forensic Solutions, LLC, – forensic accounting firm specializing in fraud detection, investigation, and prevention consulting services. Dr. Buckhoff received his Bachelors and Master of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Kentucky. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Previously, Dr. Buckhoff worked as a senior forensic accountant for Eide Bailly, LLP – Fraudwise Division, and as the Eide Bailly Professor of Forensic Accounting at North Dakota State University. He frequently conducts anti-fraud continuing professional education (CPE) seminars for organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Management Accountants, CPA Australia, various state CPA societies, law enforcement agencies, and various Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Buckhoff has also published a variety of anti-fraud articles in the Journal of Forensic Accounting, Journal of Accountancy, Advances in Accounting Education, Journal of Financial Crime, The CPA Journal, Strategic Finance, New Accountant, Issues in Accounting Education, and The Fraud Magazine. He is on the editorial board for The CPA Journal, served as Editor of Expert Witnessing in Forensic Accounting (2005), and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Forensic Accounting (1999-2003).


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 1995
  • M.Acc., Brigham Young University, 1989
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, 1986

Areas of Expertise:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Fraud Examination

Course Instruction:

  • ACCT 4631 – Macro Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 4632 – Micro Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 5633 – Forensic Interviews and Interrogations
  • ACCT 7636 – Expert Witnessing
  • ACCT 7637 – Forensic Accounting Capstone
Don Berecz


Office: CEIT 3110

Phone: (912) 478-0259

berecz@georgiasouthern.eduDon Berecz joined the faculty at Georgia Southern University in 2007, and served as the first director of the Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business.  He had previously served 23 years of government service with the FBI, where he was agency-certified as a financial investigator, police instructor, and polygraph examiner. During his career as a Special Agent, he was assigned to the Seattle, Illinois, and Washington, DC field offices, and was responsible for a wide variety of criminal investigations. He also participated in undercover operations, foreign counterintelligence matters, and recruiting for the FBI.Mr. Berecz, a licensed polygraph examiner, is a CPA and CFE. He belongs to numerous professional organizations to include the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, and the American Association of Police Polygraphists.


  • MBA, Western Illinois University, 1981
  • BBA, Western Illinois University, 1978


  • Criminal Investigations
  • Fraud Examination
  • Polygraph


  • ACCT 4663 – Forensic Interview & Interrogation
  • LSTD 3660 – White Collar Crime
  • ACCT 2101 – Financial Accounting
Stephanie Sipe, J.D.

Associate Professor of Legal Studies

Office: 3355

Phone: 912-478-0193

ssipe@georgiasouthern.eduStephanie R. Sipe is an associate professor of legal studies at Georgia Southern University. She received her Bachelors degree from Wake Forest University, her law degree from University of Georgia, and a Masters Degree in Adult Human Resource Development from James Madison University. She practiced law in Virginia for 9 years before transitioning to academia. As an attorney, Dr. Sipe developed an expertise in employment law and litigation. She advised business clients on employment policies and practices, and represented the interests of both employees and employers in state and federal court. Her case of O’Brien v. Kluge, which received national press attention, was a case of first impression in the federal courts on a particular issue under the Fair Labor Standards Act concerning the executive exemption to overtime. She also had the privilege of arguing another case of first impression concerning hostile environment and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. Dr. Sipe has taught at the university level for 8 years. She was an adjunct professor at James Madison University in the College of Business, and also an assistant professor at Eastern Mennonite University in the School of Business and Economics, before coming to Georgia Southern University in 2005. She has given numerous seminars on topics such as Legal Aspects of Employee Management, Sexual Harassment, and the Family and Medical Leave Act, and currently is researching and writing on topics such as management education and students perceptions of gender issues in the workplace. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, the Southeastern Academy of Legal Studies Education, Allied Academies, and the Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning.


  • J.D., University of Georgia, 1990
  • M.Ed., James Madison University, 2005
  • B.S., Wake Forest University, 1987

Areas of Expertise:

  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Legal Aspects of Employee Management
  • Course Instruction:
  • BUSA 2106 – Legal Environment of Business
  • LSTD 7230 – Law & Ethics for Accountants
Charles Harter, Ph.D.

Professor of Accounting

Office: 3303

Phone: 912-478-2284

Charles Harter, professor of accounting, joined Georgia Southern University on July 1, 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, his master’s degree in finance from the University of Wyoming, and his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Chuck is a CPA and a member of the AICPA and the AAA.


  • Ph.D. (Accounting), University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 1991
  • MS (Finance), University of Wyoming, 1985
  • BS (Accounting), University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 1981
Michael Wiggins, J.D.

Lecturer of Accounting

Office: 1127

Phone: 912-478-7141

Michael Wiggins, J.D., M.B.A., C.F.E., is a lecturer of legal studies in the School of Accountancy. He joined the faculty of Georgia Southern in 2008 and has taught undergraduate courses in legal studies of business, fraud, international comparative law and accounting. Mr. Wiggins has published in the International Journal of Liability and Scientific Enquiry, Practical Tax Strategies and the Journal of Labor and Employment Law. He has reviewed academic articles for the American Business Law Journal and the Journal of Legal Studies Educationand has served as staff editor for the Journal of Legal Studies in Business. He has been a member of the Minnesota State Bar since 1995 and is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Georgia Society of CPAs and the Academy of Legal Studies in Business.


  • JD, University of Arizona, 1994
  • MBA (Business Administration/Management), University of Massachusetts – Amherst, 2008
  • BFA (Graphic Design), Wichita State University, 1989
Cheryl Metrejean
Cheryl Metrejean, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: 2220

Phone: 912-478-5274

Cheryl Metrejean is an assistant professor of accounting at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Metrejean received her Bachelors degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, her Master of Accountancy degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in accounting from Texas A&M University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Previously, Dr. Metrejean worked as a senior tax accountant at Ernst & Young in Houston, Texas and Washington, DC. In addition, she has taught Accounting and Taxation at the University of Mississippi, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University at San Marcos. Dr. Metrejean has also published a variety of education and taxation articles in the ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, Journal of Accountancy, the Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly, Accounting Education: An International Journal, The Tax Adviser, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, Taxes – the Tax Magazine. She is on the editorial board for the ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research.


  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1997
  • MAC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1988
  • B.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1986

Areas of Expertise:

• Taxation

Course Instruction:

• ACCT 3530 – Tax Aspects of Business Decisions

• ACCT 3330 – Income Tax

• ACCT 7330 – Taxation of Corporations and Partnerships

Eddie Metrejean, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: 2212

Phone: 912-478-7139

Eddie Metrejean, Ph.D, CPA, CFE, is an associate professor of accounting. He joined the faculty at Georgia Southern in 2005 and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in auditing and accounting information systems. Metrejean is a member of the American Accounting Association (AAA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). He holds CPA licenses in Louisiana and Georgia.


  • Ph.D. (Accounting Information Systems), The University of Mississippi, 2004
  • M Tax (Taxation), The University of Mississippi, 1997
  • BSBA (Accounting), The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1989
L. Dwight Sneathen, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: 2210

Phone: 912-478-0167

L. Dwight Sneathen Jr. is an associate professor of accounting at Georgia Southern University. Sneathen worked in public accounting as an auditor, and as a staff accountant in private industry prior to entering academia. He holds a PhD from the University of Arizona, and he was a faculty member at Mississippi State University prior to his arrival in Statesboro in 2005. He is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Georgia and a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs.

Sneathen teaches financial accounting at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and managerial accounting at the undergraduate level. His research includes capital markets and audit topics focusing on the impact of firm characteristics on audit planning decisions and outcomes. He has served as the program director for the MAcc programs, the faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi, and he has coordinated the delivery of the Junior Achievement program to Middle Schools throughout Bulloch County. Sneathen was voted Professor of the Year in 2007 and 2011 by the accounting students at Georgia Southern University, and was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by Junior Achievement in 2012.


  • Ph.D. (Accounting), University of Arizona, 2001
  • MAcc, University of Arizona, 2000
  • BBA (Accounting), University of Arizona, 1996
Britton McKay, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Accounting

Office: 2223

Phone; 912-478-0347

An associate professor of accounting, I joined the Georgia Southern family in August of 2007 after earning my Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. I am currently teaching accounting information systems and an online survey of accounting course. My research focuses on the use of expert systems in designing decision aids and recent developments in taxation.


  • Ph.D. (Accounting Information Systems), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2007
  • MAcc (Taxation), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2003
  • BS (Accounting), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2001
  • BS (Finance), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2001
Robert E. Jackson, Ph.D.

Office: 2211

Phone: 912-478-0759

I am a certified public accountant (CPA) licensed in Florida since 1971. After a twenty plus year career in public accounting, I returned to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in economics. I have taught courses in economics, finance, and accounting at Georgia Southern University and at previous institutions. I am also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).


  • Ph.D., Kansas State University, 2001
  • MA, University of South Florida, 1994
  • BA, University of South Florida, 1969





Last updated: 10/13/2016