Outstanding Alumni Academy

Western Michigan University's Outstanding Alumni Academy in accountancy honors our successful graduates and recognizes their contributions to our industry as well as the Department of Accountancy through participation in student activities.

2016 honoree

EdmondsRonald C. Edmonds, B.B.A.’79
Controller and Vice President of Controllers and Tax
The Dow Chemical Company

Joining The Dow Chemical Company in 1992, Ronald Edmonds has risen to progressively responsible positions. He began in the corporate audit department as the Latin America audit manager. Moving back to the states in 1997, Edmonds held several roles in the company before becoming global accounting director in 2001. In 2009, Edmonds was named vice president and controller. He assumed responsibility for the tax department in early 2016.

Biographical Information

2015 Honoree

RoosaDouglas P. Roosa, B.B.A.'82

Director of Internal Controls and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Doug Roosa has more than 33 years of international financial executive experience. During the past 20 years, he has served in various executive and officer roles with several large multinational publicly traded companies headquartered in Michigan. In 2009, Roosa joined General Motors during its unprecedented financial restructuring as director of internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance to lead the company’s financial controls and compliance management activities.

Prior to joining General Motors, Roosa held other executive positions, including general auditor for Masco Corporation, as well as leading human resources for a global company with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. He began his career in public accounting and was an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand). He is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.

Roosa has held leadership roles with professional and non-profit organizations and is an avid supporter of music, other fine arts and education. He is a member of the accountancy advisory council at Western Michigan University and served as a member of the dean’s executive cabinet for WMU’s college of fine arts. He currently serves as chair of the board of directors for the Michigan Association of CPAs and is a member of the governing council for the American Institute of CPAs. He is a former director and chair of the board of directors for the Accounting Aid Society.

Previous Honorees

  • Frank B. Arford (2014)
  • Eric Lum (2013)
  • Gregory T. Durant (2012)
  • Robert L. Herr (2009)