Becker Bolsters Instructor Corps With Addition Of Award-Winning Accounting Educator Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope

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Dr. Pope joins Becker lineup of world-class educators

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St. Louis, MO – July 11, 2023 - Becker, a global leader in accounting exam prep and professional education, announced today that Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope, the Dr. Barry Jay Epstein Endowed Professor of Accounting at DePaul University, is joining their team as a Faculty Fellow. Pope will teach classes for Becker’s core course offerings of CPA exam prep, CMA exam prep, and CPE continuing education and will create national instructor videos and develop curriculum.

“When Becker became part of Colibri Group just over one year ago, the goal was (and continues to be) to invest in top accounting industry instructors to reinforce our commitment as the market  leader in accounting education. The addition of Dr. Pope reinforces this commitment while simultaneously meeting the market need to evolve and diversify instructor talent in the accounting profession,” said Ed Clark, President of Becker, a Colibri Group company. “We are beyond excited to add Dr. Pope as an immensely talented colleague for our educators and an expert instructor for students.” Dr. Pope is a Becker CPA Review alumna and a licensed CPA. She is also a nationally recognized expert in enterprise risk, forensic accounting, and white-collar crime research as well as an award-winning educator, researcher, author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. Dr. Pope teaches managerial and forensic accounting both at the undergraduate and graduate level at DePaul University. Her Faculty Fellow position with Becker begins immediately, with her first classes to be announced later this summer.

"As a Becker alum, it means a lot to me to be part of an organization that has supported accountants for three-quarters of a century and helped so many students pass the CPA exam and stay current with continuing education,” said Pope. “I have dedicated my professional career to helping advance the accounting industry. By joining Becker, I’ll continue to help push the industry towards a healthy future.” In addition to being a professor at DePaul University, Dr. Pope currently serves on the board of directors for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) and chairs its audit committee. She is a former director and finance committee chair for Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, former director of the Illinois CPA Society, and former member of the governing council for AICPA. She was also named among the top 25 most powerful women in accounting in 2020 and 2023 by the AICPA and the CPA Practice Advisor. In June of 2023, she was honored by the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) with the Earl S. Bigget National Achievement in Education Award.

For nearly seven decades, Becker has been committed to providing accounting students and professionals with the courses needed to further their careers. That commitment includes having the best instructors available for those students and professionals to achieve their goals. Dr. Pope joins industry veterans and experts at Becker, including Tim Gearty, Mike Potenza, Angie Brown, Mike Brown, Jenni McAllister, Greg Wiley, Michelle Moshe, Mario Perez, and many others who make up th industry’s most experienced and diverse faculty.

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