New Regents join board during its semi-annual meeting and Board of Regents expels member

The 2020-2021 ACFE Board of Regents met in February at Global Headquarters in Austin, Texas (from left): Board Chair Bethmara Kessler, Board Secretary Lyn Cameron, Board Vice Chair Eric R. Feldman, Board Assistant Treasurer Kenneth R. Dieffenbach, Board Treasurer Victoria Meyer, ACFE Vice President and General Counsel John Warren (advisory member), ACFE Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jeanette LeVie (advisory member), and ACFE President and CEO Bruce Dorris (advisory member).

Lyn Cameron, CFE; Kenneth R. Dieffenbach, CFE; and Victoria Meyer, CFE, took their oaths of office as newly elected members of the Board of Regents during the board’s semi-annual meeting on Feb. 6 at ACFE Global Headquarters in Austin, Texas.

The Regents elected Bethmara Kessler, CFE, to be chair and Eric R. Feldman, CFE, to be vice chair. They elected Cameron to be secretary; Meyer, treasurer; and Dieffenbach, assistant treasurer.

Since the 2019 spring meeting of the Board of Regents, the ACFE welcomed nine new chapters including those in Serbia, Hungary and Jamaica. As of publication, the ACFE has 195 chapters in 74 countries.

The Board reviewed pending disciplinary matters awaiting recommendations from the ACFE Board of Review. The Board of Regents also reviewed ACFE committee reports and appointed new committee members to replace outgoing members.

ACFE Vice President of Education John Gill, J.D., CFE; and ACFE Research Director Andi McNeal, CFE, CPA, updated the Board on the ACFE’s recent launch of a new proctored CFE Exam platform. Exam candidates who take the CFE Exam on their computers are now subject to enhanced user authentication procedures; video, audio and screen monitoring; and recording of Exam sessions.

Gill and McNeal also reported on the ACFE’s 2019 Job Analysis Study, which originated from the results of a 15-member international task force’s review of the CFE Exam plus a job analysis survey of nearly 3,000 ACFE members.

The ACFE will use findings from this project to update the CFE Exam that will ensure it accurately reflects the fraud examination profession now and in the future. Based in part on the study’s results and ACFE staff recommendations, the Board also conditionally approved the implementation of a single global CFE Exam beginning in 2021, which would replace the U.S. and International versions.

ACFE Vice President and General Counsel John Warren, J.D., CFE, updated the Board on the ACFE’s continued membership growth plus the progress of its Corporate Alliance and Law Enforcement and Government Alliance Programs. Both programs experienced tremendous growth in 2019, Warren said.

Nominations open for 2021-2022 Board of Regents

Nominations will open on June 1 for two positions on the ACFE’s 2021-2022 Board of Regents.

“Becoming a CFE was one of the best decisions of my career,” says Bethmara Kessler, CFE, chair of the Board of Regents.

“I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to serve as a Regent on behalf of our ACFE global membership. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to have a voice in ensuring that professional standards for CFEs and our broader fraud-fighting community continue to be the best they can be,” she says.

“Many folks have shared with me that they have considered running for an open Regent seat, but they weren’t sure they would be selected,” Kessler says. “Please don’t hesitate to try! I applied several times before I was selected to run. I encourage all CFEs in good standing to consider applying for the Board of Regents!”

The Nominations Committee will select six applicants to vie for two available positions in this year’s election. Beginning Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 31, certified members of the ACFE will vote for their selections for the two new board members. The new Regents, who’ll be installed in February 2021, will each serve two-year terms.

Following are the key dates in the Regent election process:

  • June 1: Nominations open
  • July 31: Nominations close
  • Sept. 9: Nominations Committee selects final candidates
  • Nov. 1: Ballot available
  • Dec. 31: Balloting closes
  • February 2021: New Board of Regents sworn in

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