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Alumni Spotlight

Chuck Owens

Chuck Owens

Alumni Spotlight: Chuck Owens

February 28, 2010

Name:
Charles L. (Chuck) Owens
Degree: 
BSBA Accounting - Certified Public Accountant
Graduation Date: 
1973
Company: 
Ernst & Young LLP (E&Y) 2001 - Present
FBI - 1976 - 2001
Current Position Title: 
E&Y - Senior Manager - Fraud Investigation and Dispute Services
FBI - Retired as Special Agent-in-Charge Norfolk/Virginia Beach 2001
1995 - 1998 Head of the FBI's White Collar Crime Program Nationally
Position Responsibilities:
E&Y - Conduct forensic accounting and internal investigations for clients globally.
FBI - Held various executive level positions. Testified 6 times before Congressional Committees investigating White-Collar Crime issues and considering new legislation. Led several national initiatives to combat White-Collar Crime problems.

Describe how your B&E education prepared you for the real world.

My education at the College of Business & Economics at WVU provided a solid accounting and overall education foundation. After graduation and three years in public accounting I entered on duty with the FBI. My WVU education and the experience gained in public accounting were extremely beneficial in preparing me to conduct and manage complex White-Collar Crime investigations and serve as a senior executive in the FBI. They also prepared me for a second career assisting clients addressing fraud issues.

What has been your most significant accomplishment?

In my capacity as head of the FBI's White-Collar Crime Program I received national and international recognition. I was called upon frequently to serve as the FBI representative before Congress to speak on White-Collar Crime issues, was a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on White-Collar Crime issues, and was interviewed and quoted frequently by various national media outlets.

Advice to Students

I believe it is important that students strive to identify and choose a career that they will enjoy. Both at the University and thereafter when pursuing a career, remain committed to doing the very best you can. Always maintain a positive attitude and treat everyone with whom you come in contact respectfully.