Kevin  Rich
Kevin RichMarquette University

O'Brien Hall, 405C

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7708
Curriculum Vitae

Chair, Department of Accounting

Charles T. Horngren Professor of Accounting

Dr. Rich is the Accounting Department Chair and was formerly the Donald F. and Beverly L. Flynn Chair holder at Marquette University. He joined Marquette in 2012 after three years at Loyola University Maryland. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame, and his doctoral degree from the University of Oregon. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked for Ernst & Young LLP in their Business Risk Services Group in Chicago, IL and Boston, MA.

His primary research interest involves accounting quality in the municipal sector, with particular attention to the influence of governance factors. Dr. Rich currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, and on the editorial board of the Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting.  He has published articles in several academic and practitioner journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting Horizons, the Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, and Advances in Accounting. He also is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. 


  • Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, University of Notre Dame

Professional Interests

Accounting Quality, Municipal Accounting, Corporate Governance, Audit Committees

Selected Publications

Rich, K.T., B.L. Roberts and J.X. Zhang. 2019. Linguistic Tone and Internal Control Reporting: Evidence from Municipal Management Discussion and Analysis Disclosures. Forthcoming in the Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting.

Lopez, D.M. and K.T. Rich. 2017. Geographic proximity and municipal internal control reporting. Advances in Accounting 36(1): 40-49.

Rich, K.T. and J.X. Zhang. 2015. Unfunded public pension liabilities and local citizen oversight. Accounting Horizons 29 (1): 23-39.

Baber, W.R., A.K. Gore, K.T. Rich, and J.X. Zhang. 2013. Accounting restatements, governance, and municipal debt financing. Journal of Accounting and Economics 56 (2-3): 212-227.

Honors and Awards

  • Registered Certified Public Accountant, State of Illinois
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • PwC INQuires Grant (2012, 2015)
  • Best Paper Award, AAA Government and Nonprofit Section, for “Municipal Restatements and Governance” with Bill Baber, Angela Gore, and Jean Zhang (2007)
  • American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow (2007)
  • Roger and Robin Best Teaching Award, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon (2006)