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Dr. Cindy Vance, CPA, Ph.D.

 Cindy is a full-time Assistant Accounting Professor at Shepherd University.  She teaches accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  She has over 25 years experience in the accounting field in external audit, internal audit, and financial accounting, and managerial accounting. She has held controller positions in both the higher education and health-care industry.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting and Economics from Shepherd University in 1984, a Master of Business Administration degree from Shenandoah University in 1995, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration with a specialization in Advanced Accounting from Northcentral University in 2017.  She is a summa cum laude graduate from the attended institutions, and a recipient of the McMurran Scholar award from Shepherd University.  Her research area is financial statement fraud.  Her Ph.D. dissertation was titled, “The Effects of the Presence of Fraud and Auditor Certification Considering Professional Skepticism on Fraud Risk Assessment Performance”, which examined the effect of the presence of fraud and auditor attributes on fraud risk assessments.

She is a licensed CPA in Virginia, and she does consulting in her free time. She serves on the following committees at Shepherd University:  Admissions & Credits, Core Curriculum, Graduate Council, and Scholarships and Awards.  She is also the advisor of the Shepherd University Accounting Club and an alumna of Phi Gamma Nu, professional business fraternity.  She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Delta Mu Delta international business honor society (Northcentral University), Phi Kappa Phi international multidisciplinary honor society (Shepherd University), the Shepherd University McMurran Scholar Advisory Board, and the Shepherd University Alumni Association Board.