Suresh Govindaraj named one of country's Top 15 forensic accounting professors
Known as the “grandmaster of forensic accounting” among his students and colleagues in the Rutgers Executive MBA Program, Govindaraj has received accolades – and an unprecedented two Paul Nadler Awards from RBS – for his ability to teach accounting and financial statement analysis to MBA students.
Govindaraja is also known for his expertise outside Rutgers.
For more than a decade, he has been invited to speak about financial analysis at the Columbia University School of Journalism and has worked as an authoritative source to professional newspaper reporters working to chronicle the suspect accounting practices of large and small companies.
Govindaraj acknowledges that forensic accounting has a certain appeal because of its investigative nature.
"There’s certainly something to be said for the field,” he said. “You have to be damn good at accounting but you also have to know a lot about finance and taxes. It’s inter-disciplinary in a lot of ways.”
In compiling its Top 15 list, ForensicsCollege.com considered each professor’s active teaching status, real-world experience and publications. It also reviewed their level of social engagement and their affiliations with professional organizations.
Govindaraj, who started teaching at Rutgers Business School in 2000, said he was totally surprised by the ForensicsCollege.com listing. On the day of the announcement, he said his email box was so overwhelmed with notes that he thought his email had been hacked.
"I was totally shocked,” he said.
"It’s good for RBS," he added. "I’m excited about that.’’
ForensicsCollege.com is an online guide to the variety of forensic-related careers and colleges that specialize in forensic science studies, ranging from cyber security to forensic nursing.