William LaGore

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Professor of Accounting

Accounting, Finance, & Information Systems

220 Hill


[email protected]


  • Ph.D. Florida State University
  • MBA University of Wyoming
  • BBA Adrian College

Professional Summary

Dr. LaGore’s commitment to teaching has resulted in a COB Outstanding Teaching in the College Award.   Professor LaGore teaches the introductory financial accounting course and the graduate governmental and nonprofit accounting course. In addition, he has taught courses in intermediate accounting, federal income taxation, and electronic tax preparation.  His research interests are in the area of ethics and corporate social responsibility.  Dr. LaGore has received two COB Merlanti Ethics Research Awards.  He also has several years experience in public accounting, including audits of governmental and nonprofit entities, and has many years of experience as a tax analyst at a tax software company.  Dr. LaGore presents at the Michigan Association of CPA conferences.

Courses Taught

  • ACC 240 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • ACC 340 Intermediate Accounting
  • ACC 344 Principles of Taxation
  • ACC 541 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACC 544 Federal Income Taxation
  • ACC 546 Public and Nonprofit Sector Accounting
  • ACC 684 Electronic Tax Preparation

Research Interests & Projects

Ethics and corporate social responsibility

Selected Publications

“Standalone Corporate Social Responsibility Reports and Stock Market Returns” with Lois Mahoney and Linda Thorne.  Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, (Volume 19, 2015): 1-26.

“An Examination of Alliances and Corporate Social Responsibility” with Kimberly Kopka, Lois S. Mahoney and Susan P. Convery.  Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, (Volume 18, 2014): 109-130.

“A Research Note on Standalone Corporate Social Responsibility Reports: Signaling or Greenwashing?”  with Lois S. Mahoney, Linda Thorne and Lianna Cecil. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (Volume 24, 2013): 350-359.

Professional Affiliations

  • Certified Public Accountant