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William E. Lewis

Lecturer Emeritus
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Joined the University of Kansas in 1991.


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


  • M.S. in Finance, University of Kansas (1969)
  • B.S. in Business Administration, University of Kansas (1968)
  • B.A. in Mathematics, University of Kansas (1966)


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

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.
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