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Distinguished Alumni : James L. Freer

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BA Business Administration

Mr. Freer is a Certified Public Accountant and recently retired from Ernst & Young LLP, one of the largest global audit and accounting firms after serving in various positions for 38 years including Managing Partner of the Northwest Area (Seattle) from 1991 to 1995 and the Pacific Southwest Area (Los Angeles) from 1995 to 2000. From 2000 until his retirement, Mr. Freer was one of 20 members on the Ernst & Young Americas Executive Board, which is responsible for governance and strategy, and one of 12 members of the Americas Operations Committee. He also served as Americas Vice-Chair with lead responsibility for all aspects of the firm's people focus, including compensation, technical and other training, policies, culture, retention, and development. Mr. Freer holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Washington University