Palumbo joins business faculty at Wayland Baptist University

Ralph Palumbo has joined the faculty in the Division of Business at Wayland Baptist University as assistant professor of business administration, specifically in accounting.

Palumbo comes to the university from Tucson, Ariz., where he was a self-employed CPA and consultant to various firms. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor at Montclair State University in New Jersey, had a financial consulting business in Nutley, NJ and was the principal in a CPA firm in Rutherford, NJ. He holds an associate's degree from Bergen Community College, a bachelor of science degree from Montclair State University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is working toward a doctorate in business administration from the University of Sarasota in Florida.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the International Association of Financial Planners, the American Society of CLUs and the Arizona Society of CPAs. He is a certified financial planner, a chartered life underwriter and a certified professional accountant.

Palumbo is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and has served as a board member of the Community Mental Health Association and as treasurer, vice president and president of Bridgeway House, Inc., a nonprofit organization.

According to Dr. Otto B. Schacht, chair of the Division of Business, Palumbo brings strong credentials to the faculty.

"The original interest in Mr. Palumbo was generated from his academic preparation, university teaching experience and the fact that he had his own CPA firm," Schacht said. "What really reinforced the interest was that all his references indicated that he was very student-oriented."