Corporate whistle blower to speak at Troy University

Posted: Wednesday, 13 August 2008

TROY – WorldCom whistle blower Cynthia Cooper will offer her insights into the world of corporate ethics during a speech at Troy University’s Davis Theatre in Montgomery.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 10 and is open to Troy students, business and government leaders, accountants and auditors, said Dr. Don Hines, dean of the University’s Sorrell College of Business, which is hosting the event.

“At a time when national news is continuously covering corporate fraud issues, whe have a responsibility to our students to inform them and to reinforce what is right and wrong,” Dr. Hines said. “We are trying to place an emphasis on ethical business practices and we want our students to see and hear a person who’s stood above others.”

The Sorrell College of Business offers business degrees on both undergraduate and graduate levels on each of TROY’s four Alabama campuses, as well as on-line and at sites in other states and countries through TROY’s Global Campus.

“Cynthia Cooper is the epitome of what is right in corporate America,” Dr. Hines said. “We believe bringing Cynthia Cooper to speak about her experiences is just the right thing to do. It’s really moving to hear and understand what she went through.”

As chief audit executive for MCI-WorldCom, Mrs. Cooper uncovered what would turn out to be the largest corporate fraud in U.S. history. She was named one of Time Magazine’s 2002 Persons of the Year after detecting and reporting the fraud. In addition to Mrs. Cooper, Sherron Watkins (Enron whistleblower) and Coleen Rowley (an FBI agent who detailed security issues ignored by the FBI prior to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks), the designation has been given to only five other women: Wallis Simpson, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Elizabeth II, Corazon Aquino and Melinda Gates.

Prior to joining MCI, she worked in public accounting in Atlanta, GA for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche. She received an accounting degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s of accountancy from the University of Alabama. She currently serves as the chairperson of the Louisiana State University Center for Internal Auditing Advisory Board and is the author of “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Journey of a Corporate Whistleblower.” She resides in Mississippi with her husband Lance and their two daughters.

The lecture is being sponsored by the University’s Center for International Business and Economic Development and by the Sorrell College of Business’ School of Accountancy.