University of Texas at Dallas creates endowed scholarship in name of ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE

Ratley honored with scholarship naming: The Jindal School Center for Internal Auditing Excellence at the University of Texas at Dallas honored ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE, at its 10th Annual Fraud Summit, March 27, by creating an endowed scholarship in his name and presenting him an award for “lifetime dedication to the profession.” From left: UT Dallas President Dr. David E. Daniel; Sarah Carraher, the first recipient of the scholarship; Ratley; and Mark Salamasick, director of the Center for Internal Auditing Excellence.

The Jindal School Center for Internal Auditing Excellence at the University of Texas at Dallas has honored ACFE President and CEO James D. Ratley, CFE, by creating an endowed scholarship in his name. The center will present the award annually, in an amount up to $2,500, to an outstanding UT Dallas accounting student studying fraud examination.

UT Dallas President Dr. David E. Daniel also presented an award to Ratley March 27 for "lifetime dedication to the profession" during the two-day 10th annual Fraud Summit hosted by the Naveen Jindal School of Management on the UT Dallas campus.

"Of all of the awards and recognition I've received since the ACFE's inception, this is one of my proudest," said Ratley, an alumnus of UT Dallas. "This is because I know it will continue to give back to those that are interested in entering the profession."

The Jindal Center presented the first Jim Ratley Scholarship at the Fraud Summit to Sarah Carraher, a fourth-semester student pursuing a Master of Science in Accounting.

More than 700 internal auditors, fraud examiners and information technology professionals attended the Fraud Summit. Ratley, who has spoken twice before at the annual event, gave a keynote presentation on "The Mind of the Fraudster." Other hot-button topics included cybersecurity fraud; an analysis of how fraud is planned, executed, covered up and detected; and ethics and fraud case stories.

The ACFE's Dallas Chapter, during the Fraud Summit, presented $3,000 to the ACFE's Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Program in recognition of Ratley and the event.

Ratley graduated from UT Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1971, he joined the Dallas Police Department as a police officer.

He was assigned to several police department divisions, including vice, child abuse, and internal affairs. He was a member of numerous department task forces that concentrated on major fraud cases.

In 1986, Ratley left the police department to join Wells & Associates, a forensic accounting practice, at which he was in charge of fraud investigations. In 1988, he became the ACFE's program director and managed all aspects of the ACFE's training and education programs.

In 2005, the ACFE presented Ratley with its Cressey Award, the organization's highest honor. In 2006, Ratley became president of the ACFE, and in 2011, the ACFE's CEO. From the ACFE's inception, Ratley has been a member of its faculty.

Accounting Today has included Ratley in its Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Internal Auditor magazine named him a 2014 Outstanding Contributor. Security magazine included him among its Most Influential Security Executives for 2010.

Ratley, as an adjunct professor, teaches a masters-level fraud examination course in the McCombs School of Business Accounting Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

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