Charles Saunders, MA, MBA, PhD, is Accounting Lead Faculty at Franklin University. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, he served as an adjunct instructor in the Accounting Program since 2006. Charles specializes in teaching auditing, forensic accounting, and enterprise risk analysis and management (MS in Accounting program), and is also responsible for the BS in Information Systems Audit Program. Charles is treasurer and faculty advisor of the Franklin University Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, international business administration honorary.
Charles earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology, Workforce Development and Education program. During his doctoral program, Charles held an appointment as a graduate teaching associate at Ohio State. Charles also earned a graduate interdisciplinary specialization in college and university teaching, and completed the Preparing Future Faculty fellowship program at Ohio State. Recently, Charles completed the Accelerated Certificate in Executive Specializations – Executive Business Communications Certificate at Ohio State.
Charles retired as Project Manager, Audit Services Department at American Electric Power, with over 25 years of internal audit experience. At AEP, he specialized in control self-assessment, financial audits, operational audits, and internal control reviews. Charles was actively involved in AEP’s Sarbanes – Oxley Act internal control review process, and served on functional review teams as well as a software implementation team for Sarbanes – Oxley reviews. Other responsibilities included audit planning, risk assessment, coordinating the continuing professional development and training of the internal audit staff at AEP, and various supervisory and management duties. Prior to AEP, he worked in merchandising and life insurance. Charles also served in the U.S. Air Force.
Charles has been a volunteer leader of The Institute of Internal Auditors, Central Ohio Chapter. He has been chapter President, member of the Board of Governors, Chairman of the Academic Relations Committee, Research Committee, Program Committee, and 2000 Central Regional Conference Program Committee. Charles has earned The IIA’s Distinguished Faculty Member award, and the IIA Central Ohio Chapter’s Jack O’Gara Leadership Award.
Charles received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, and Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from The Ohio State University. His professional certifications include Certified Public Accountant (Ohio inactive), Certified Internal Auditor, and Certificate in Control Self-Assessment. He is a member of the international education honor society, Pi Lambda Theta, and the vocational education honorary Omicron Tau Theta. Other professional associations include the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education, and the American Society of Training and Development. Charles received the OSU School of Physical Activity and Educational Services Graduate Associate Advisory Council Leadership Award for 2008 – 2009.