N.C. A&T Taps Alumna, Professor and Filmmaker as Fall Commencement Speaker

11/06/2019 Academic Affairs, Alumni, Students

EAST GREENSBORO, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2019) – Professor, filmmaker, radio host, entrepreneur and 1996 alumna Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D. will deliver the fall 2019 commencement speech for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd.

Pope is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy and Management kellypopemay2019.jpgInformation Systems at DePaul University in Chicago, where she teaches managerial and forensic accounting. Her research focuses on organizational misconduct, ethics, fraud and compliance systems designed to confront these challenges.

She is a globally recognized expert in fraud and forensic accounting, having advised the governments of Malaysia and Great Britain as well as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She is also a certified public accountant in the state of North Carolina.

Her research led her to direct and produce the award-winning documentary, “All the Queen’s Horses,” which screened on Netflix from 2017-2018, exploring the largest municipal fraud in United States history. It premiered as the No. 1 on-demand documentary on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play and Direct TV during its debut week in April 2018.

In addition to teaching and filmmaking, Pope hosts a live weekly radio show, “True Crime,” on WGN Radio that explores everyday fraud schemes and cons. In 2018, she became a TED speaker through her TED Talk, “How whistle-blowers shape history.” She recently launched her second start-up venture, an educational technology company called Red Flag Mania, an immersive investigative experience that teaches students and corporate learners how to spot fraud.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting from N.C. A&T, Pope earned master’s and doctoral degrees in accounting from Virginia Tech.