United States: Digabriele, Mcnulty, Campanella & Co. Co-Founder Contributes Nearly 30 Years Of Industry Expertise To Develop Montclair State University's First Graduate-Level Forensic Accounting Certificate Program
Jim DiGabriele, partner and co-founder of DiGabriele, McNulty,
Campanella & Co., a New Jersey-based forensic accounting and
business valuation firm, has spearheaded the development of a
forensic accounting certificate program for accounting graduate
students at Montclair State University. The program launched in
September 2015 and is different compared to other university
programs because DiGabriele, the developer and primary lecturer, is
a practitioner bringing nearly 30 years of industry expertise from
DMC & Co. into higher education.
Even before the certificate program launched, DiGabriele taught
accounting courses at the university since 2006. He is a natural
fit for academia, holding a doctorate in accounting from the
Middlesex University Business School in London, a doctorate from
Pace University's Lubin School of Business and a Master of
Science Taxation from Seton Hall University.
DiGabriele's expertise took on greater importance at the
university a few years ago when he expanded on the graduate
accounting program to introduce the forensic accounting
certificate. The certificate program is composed of four
three-credit lecture courses in fraud examination, forensic
accounting, business valuation and legal issues in forensic
accounting, and has served nearly 75 students.
DiGabriele believes forensic accounting is one of the highest
growth areas in the accounting profession. New graduates entering
the industry are expected to possess important skills associated
with this field. As a New Jersey native, he is proud the
certificate program increases Montclair State University's
reputation in accounting education and offers the chance to train
the next generation of industry leaders.
He developed the program so students participating in the
business valuation and fraud examination courses could also sit for
exams to earn, respectively, the certified valuation analyst
credential (CVA) from the National Association of Certified
Valuators and Analysts and the certificate in fraud examination
from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. These provide
extra value as graduates begin their careers.
DiGabriele develops students' knowledge through the
discussion-method of teaching and by giving them hands-on
experience in simulated court scenarios and via case studies based
on trials in areas such as expert bias and employment
discrimination. Many of the examples come directly from cases that
DiGabriele won, giving students a first-hand look at the expertise
that a forensic accountant brings to a financial dispute.
In addition to being a Certified Public Accountant, DiGabriele
is also a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Financial Services
Auditor, a Certified Forensic Accountant and a Certified Valuation
Analyst. He is accredited in business valuation, certified in
financial forensics and is a Diplomate of the American Board of
Forensic Accounting and a fellow of the American College of
"The goal of this program," he says, "is to make
sure the forensic accountants entering the profession in the 21st
century have the tools and expertise they need to make the right
decision and serve their profession well. I hope to inspire them by
sharing my success record and the deep-level of knowledge it takes
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