Mary Jepperson, CPA, CFE, is an associate professor of accounting and finance and chairwoman of the department. Mary graduated from the College of St. Benedict where she majored in accounting. Mary also has a masters degree in business administration from St. Cloud State University and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Program Honor Society. Mary received an Elijah Wyatt Sells award for outstanding performance on the CPA examination.
Mary began her career in the Minneapolis office of Coopers and Lybrand, where she became the office's first female partner. Her career at Coopers & Lyband/PricewaterhouseCoopers centered in the audit practice where she specialized in financial services, banking, student loan servicing, higher education and health care. She also provided extensive forensic accounting services.
After leaving PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mary established a successful forensic accounting and litigation services practice, participating in a number of high-profile cases. She is a certified fraud examiner.
Mary loves identifying means to enhance the accounting and finance curriculum. She is a frequent presenter at American Accounting Association meetings on the topic and was the 2010 recipient of the the AICPA's George Krull/Grant Thornton 2010 Teaching Innovation Award and the CSB/SJU Tom Creed Award for Effective Integration of Technology into Curriculum.
Mary led efforts at CSB/SJU to incorporate IFRS into the accounting curriculum. She has also developed a program for faculty throughout the state to gain hands-on experience with Minnesota companies called, Closing the G.A.A.P: Connecting Faculty and Companies.
Mary teaches Auditing, Fraud Examination, International Financial Reporting Standards and a variety of other classes.