The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Rick Westerman – Accounting Lecturer


Mr. Westerman is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and is certified in Financial Forensics. Rick has significant accounting operations, internal control over financial reporting and automated systems expertise, providing forensic accounting and litigation support in both corporate and consultancy roles. He has provided litigation support services to a wide variety of public and private clients. Mr. Westerman specializes in forensic examination using data mining techniques. He has assisted clients with complex trust litigation, employee theft investigations, and various breach of trust actions.

As a former Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Westerman directed accounting operations and financial reporting of Rowe Furniture, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer employing 1,800 with annual revenues of $180 million. He also held roles as V.P. and Corporate Controller, and Director of Internal Audit. Mr. Westerman has significant experience with development and implementation of internal control structures and complex enterprise wide computer systems.

Mr. Westerman graduated from Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Concentration in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Bar Association, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has held committee memberships with the AICPA Relations with the Bar.





In His Words ...

I strive to teach by combining text book material with 25 years of business world experience. I bring real world perspectives as an auditor/consultant looking from the “outside-in” as well as a corporate accountant looking from the “inside-out”. – Rick Westerman



Office: 309 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Office hours: By appointment.




  • ACCT 430/530 – Forensic Accounting



Certified Public Accountant

Certified Fraud Examiner

Financial Forensics Certified

B.B.A., Accounting
Roanoke College


Areas of Expertise

  • Internal audit
  • Internal controls
  • Forensic accounting
  • Accounting Systems
  • Data analysis