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Accounting

The Accounting program at Roger Williams University prepares students to become professional accountants and begin careers in large or small businesses, public accounting, government or private practice. The accounting program has a practical orientation and accounting majors examine, in depth, the contemporary accounting systems that are used to fulfill the information needs of shareholders, managers, taxing authorities and others.

RWU stands apart from the competition thanks to electives like Accounting Ethics, International Accounting and Governmental Accounting. Our program will equip you with leadership and communication skills, business savvy and technical know-how.

Accountants engage in a wide variety of activities besides preparing financial statements and recording business transactions, including:

  • computer costs and efficiency gains from new technologies
  • participating in strategies from mergers and acquisitions
  • quality management
  • tracking financial performance
  • developing tax strategies

All accounting majors gain hands-on, real-world accounting experience as interns. Accounting majors are encouraged to pursue one or more professional accounting certificates (CPA, CMA, CFM, CIA, CFE) after graduation.

Lynn M. Ruggieri, JD, CPA, CFE
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., MST Bryant College, M.S., M.B.A. Providence College, J.D. Southern New England School of Law, CPA, CFE - Certified Fraud Examiner
Contact Information
401-254-5357
SB221
Areas of Expertise: 
Acquisitions and Mergers, Forensic Accounting, International Accounting

Lynn M. Ruggieri

Lynn M.
Ruggieri
JD, CPA, CFE
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., MST Bryant College, M.S., M.B.A. Providence College, J.D. Southern New England School of Law, CPA, CFE - Certified Fraud Examiner
Contact Information
401-254-5357
SB221
Areas of Expertise: 
Acquisitions and Mergers, Forensic Accounting, International Accounting

Lynn Ruggieri is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University. Professor Ruggieri earned her Associate in Science degree at CCRI. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Taxation from Bryant College and an MBA from Providence College. She earned her Juris Doctor at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She is a CPA and a CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner). Her teaching work has earned her two nominations for the University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 and 2014. She is active in celebrating the veteran’s community in Rhode Island, serving as keynote speaker for the State of Rhode Island Veterans Day celebration in 2013 and volunteering and presenting at meetings of Korean War veterans and at the Veterans Home in Bristol Rhode Island. Her community service was recognized with an Outstanding Alumni Award from CCRI at the 50th Anniversary celebration in 2015. Her areas of teaching include Advanced Accounting, Auditing, Fraud Examination and International Accounting.

Robert Rambo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., M.A.S. University of Illinois, Ph.D. Florida State University
Contact Information
401-254-3101
SB323
Areas of Expertise: 
Accounting

Robert Rambo

Robert
Rambo
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., M.A.S. University of Illinois, Ph.D. Florida State University
Contact Information
401-254-3101
SB323
Areas of Expertise: 
Accounting
John McQuilkin, J.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.A. Westmont College, M.B.A. University of Chicago, J.D. Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College
Contact Information
401-254-3776
SB211
Areas of Expertise: 
Federal Tax Policy and the Working Poor, Alternative Minimum Tax

John McQuilkin

John
McQuilkin
J.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
B.A. Westmont College, M.B.A. University of Chicago, J.D. Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College
Contact Information
401-254-3776
SB211
Areas of Expertise: 
Federal Tax Policy and the Working Poor, Alternative Minimum Tax
Richard A. Bernardi, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting and Ethics
B.S. State University of New York, Maritime College, B.S. State University of New York, Plattsburgh, M.B.A. Western New England College, M.S. University of Southern California, Ph.D. Union College
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Contact Information
401-254-3672
SB325
Areas of Expertise: 
Accounting, Ethics, Behavior, Teaching

Richard A. Bernardi

Richard A.
Bernardi
Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting and Ethics
B.S. State University of New York, Maritime College, B.S. State University of New York, Plattsburgh, M.B.A. Western New England College, M.S. University of Southern California, Ph.D. Union College
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Contact Information
401-254-3672
SB325
Areas of Expertise: 
Accounting, Ethics, Behavior, Teaching

Richard Bernardi has been a Professor of Accounting in the Mario J. Gabelli School of Business at Roger Williams University since August of 1999. He was a Professor of Accounting in the School of Business and Economics at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. Dr. Bernardi also served as a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College. He has been recognized twice at Roger Williams University for Excellence in Teaching (2012 and 2005) and by the Chancellor of the State University of New York for Excellence in Teaching (1997).