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CWU Accounting Professor Receives National Distinguished Service Award

Based, in part, on his research on identity theft and security breaches, Central Washington University accounting professor Robert Holtfreter has received the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award. It is presented by the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, which is the nation’s oldest all discipline honor society.

“Dr. Holtfreter’s sustained history of professional service makes him a natural for this award," said CWU College of Business Dean Kathryn Martell. "Professional service – particularly that which leads to job opportunities for students – is a hallmark of College of Business faculty.”

Including at CWU, Phi Kappa Phi has chapters at about 300 colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Established in 2013, the distinguished service award, made just once every two years, goes to an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service beyond academia. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, along with a life membership into and recognition at the Phi Kappa Phi biennial convention.

Phi Kappa Phi membership—by invitation only—is open to just the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of second-term juniors. Faculty, like Holtfreter, along with professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.

Holtfreter was previously named 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.

Holtfreter has served in voluntary executive leadership posts with the American Accounting Association, Institute of Managerial Accountants and North American Accounting Society, and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, where he is currently on its Advisory Council, Editorial Review Committee, and serves as its Identity Theft Detection and Prevention Analyst.

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June 22, 2016

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