Not Your Average Board of Regents


Bruce Dorris, J.D., CFE, CPA
ACFE Program Director

It’s that time of year again for Certified Fraud Examiners (CFEs). Today, June 1, marks the beginning of the nomination period for the ACFE Board of Regents elections. There are always so many qualified applicants, and, year after year, we continue to have such great representation on the Board.

Now if you are like most people, perhaps sitting on the fence of whether you wish to subject yourself to yet another meeting or another Board appointment, think again. The past Boards of Regents I have been involved with are always surprisingly fun, and the current Board is no exception.

For example, our initial February meeting at ACFE headquarters in Austin has fallen on my birthday for the last several years. This year’s Board decided it would be amusing (to them at least) to have a birthday cake presented to me at our traditional Texas BBQ dinner (see photo). Except they made a minor adjustment to the cake – they added trick candles that would not blow out, despite my best efforts. Now, regardless of the fact that I nearly set the table on fire trying to extinguish this practical joke, it showed just how light-hearted this group was. With responsibilities like setting the CFE Exam testing and CPE requirements, and enforcing the CFE Code of Professional Ethics, it is refreshing to know that such a dedicated and hard-working group can still sit back and have a good laugh (even at my expense). While they address serious issues by day, they can also let loose a little by night and enjoy one another’s company.

Whoever is nominated during this election and fortunate enough to be chosen will join a strong, confident and fun group. Nominate a CFE you know that meets these criteria, perhaps even yourself. But if you are elected, please, no trick candles.