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William E. Lewis

Executive in Residence/Distinguished Lecturer
Primary office:
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3107
University of Kansas

Academic Areas



M.S. University of Kansas 1969 - Finance
B.S. University of Kansas 1968 - Business Administration
B.A. University of Kansas 1966 - Mathematics

Joined the University of Kansas in 1991.

Classes Taught

ACCT 201 Managerial Accounting
IST 301 Introduction to Business Computing
ACCT 320 Intermediate Accounting I
FIN 310 Finance
ACCT 311 Information Systems for Accountants
BUS 703 Financial Accounting
BUS 710 Managerial Accounting
BUS 795 Special Topics in Business
FIN 101/301 Personal Finance
HSES Sport Finance
Personal Finance 101/301


Finance, Financial accounting, Managerial accounting, Management Information Systems

Background Information

Prior to coming to KU, Mr. Lewis spent 22 years in Financial and Accounting areas of large and mid-size corporations. In his corporate career he has been assigned to financial reporting positions in the corporate Controllers Department of Exxon Corporation in New York and the Marine Department of Exxon U.S.A in Houston. He has also held the following executive positions in Exxon subsidiaries:

Assistant Controller - Esso Standard Libya -- Tripoli, Libya -
Assistant Controller - International Petroleum Company Ltd. -- Bogota, Colombia
Controller - Esso Prospaccao Limitada -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Controller - Esso Exploradora y Productora Inc. -- Buenos Aires, Argentina

Subsequent to his career with Exxon, Mr. Lewis was the Chief Financial Officer of a highly diversified conglomerate with 14 operating companies throughout the United States. These companies included prominent corporations in the printing, hydraulics, outdoor signage, aquaculture, and photographic industries.

As former Chairman of the Pooled Money Investment Board for the State of Kansas, Mr. Lewis oversaw the investments of the State's idle funds. These investments comprised a portfolio of $ 3.5 billion

Teaching Interests

  • Finance, Financial accounting, Managerial accounting, Management Information Systems

The school and accounting program are accredited by AACSB International, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
Our Finance Scholars travel to Wall Street every year
Students in Applied Portfolio Management class manage a fund valued at $1 million
Business students get hands-on experience valuing and analyzing investments
Top 20 undergraduate accounting program —Bloomberg Businessweek
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
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Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
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