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WorldCom Whistle-blower to Speak at APU

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Azusa Pacific University’s LP and Timothy Leung School of Accounting welcomes TIME magazine’s 2002 Person of the Year, Cynthia Cooper, famous for her instrumental role in exposing the WorldCom fraud, one of the largest in corporate history. Cooper’s luncheon address, “Ethical Leadership for the 21st Century,” takes place on Sat., Oct. 18, at 12 p.m. in APU’s Upper Campus Turner Center, located on East Campus, at 901 E. Alosta Ave., in Azusa. The event is open to the public. To purchase tickets and to register, visit here.

WorldCom’s whistle-blower will share lessons and insight from her story, which she details in her book Extraordinary Circumstances.

“At a time when corporate dishonesty dominates public attention, the tone set at the top is critical to fostering an ethical environment in the workplace,” said Cooper.

Cooper’s experience reflects the vision of the Leung School of Accounting, which places an emphasis on ethics and career preparation designed to promote excellence and integrity within the accounting profession by placing God First.

“We need accounting professionals with both high competence and high character, able to recognize the problem and have the moral courage to address it,” said John Thornton, Ph.D., CPA, professor and Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics. “Cooper serves as a great role model because she had the courage to take a stand and protect the public from a devastating fraud, despite facing great personal cost.”

Professional accountants are invited to a breakfast mixer at 8:30 a.m. followed by a 9 a.m. session led by Thornton, “Accounting Ethics and the God-Factor.” For more information, contact the School of Business and Management at (866) 209-1559 or

Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university committed to God First and excellence in higher education. With 63 bachelor’s degrees, 43 master’s degrees, 18 certificates, 14 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 4 associate‘s degrees, the university offers its more than 10,700 students a quality education on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California.