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Dr. Robert E. Holtfreter Receives 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award

(May 25, 2016)—Dr. Robert E. Holtfreter, distinguished professor of accounting and research at Central Washington University, has been chosen by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective all discipline honor society—as the 2016-2018 recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Holtfreter received the award for his outstanding dedication to service extending beyond academia.
An esteemed leader in the field of accounting, Dr. Holtfreter’s career spans more than four decades. In addition to his professional leadership and achievement as a scholar, he has made a substantial impact through research and service leadership in the field of accounting. Most notably, Dr. Holtfreter is recognized for his efforts to provide continuing education related to fraudulent practices, security breaches and identity theft.
“For the last 15 years, Dr. Holtfreter’s work with professionals in the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners as well as outside the field of accounting (e.g., federal law enforcement officials) has resulted in educating the public about identify theft related cybercrimes,” said Dr. Leigh Cellucci, chair of the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Award selection committee. “This sustained service that focuses on identifying and creating ways to educate people within and beyond the realm of academia represents the spirit of Phi Kappa Phi’s Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award.”
Dr. Holtfreter has taught at Central Washington University for more than 20 years. A recognized leader on campus, Dr. Holtfreter has received numerous awards for his professional service, research and teaching including 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. From 1983 to 1990, he held the Grant Thornton Distinguished Professorship at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
Outside his career as a professor, Dr. Holtfreter has served in a number of voluntary executive leadership roles with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), American Accounting Association, Institute of Managerial Accountants and North American Accounting Society. He currently serves on the Advisory Council, Editorial Review Committee and is the Identity Theft Detection and Prevention Analyst for ACFE. Both within and outside of these organizations, he is revered as a volunteer leader committed to educating the public on important fraud and identity theft issues.
He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Nebraska.
Named in memory of Dr. H. Ray Sylvester, who at the time of his death served as president-elect, the Phi Kappa Phi Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The award was established in 2013 and is awarded once per biennium. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership and recognition at the Society’s biennial convention.


Ruth Bird Scholarship

The Ruth Bird Scholarship is awarded to select CWU Phi Kappa Phi members who demonstrate excellent commitment to the values of Phi Kappa Phi.

2015-2016 Recipients

      Casey Heim

      Kimberley Barnes

2014-2015 Recipient

      David Droz

Application information for the next academic year can be found here.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

The Society currently awards fellowships to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

2015-2016 Recipient

     Olivia Hirschey

     Ms. Hirschey was granted a $5,000 fellowship from the Society to pursue graduate study. Ms. Hirschey will begin graduate school in linguistics this fall at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

National Grants and Awards

Phi Kappa Phi awards over 1 million in grants and funding to outstanding students, members, and chapters. Grants and awards are available at all levels of membership, and links for applications can be found on the national website.

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