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William Kauppila

Clinical Instructor

Email: kauppw@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2397
Office: McKenna Hall 214


Education: BS, Northern Michigan University, 1967; MBA, Western Michigan University, 1968. At SPU since 2003.

William Kauppila started teaching at Seattle Pacific University in 2003 as an adjunct and joined the SPU faculty in 2006. He teaches classes in accounting and federal income taxation. Before he started teaching, Mr. Kauppila spent 35 years in public accounting — first with a national CPA firm and then with a local CPA firm (where he was an owner for 23 years).

On January 1, 2012, he co-founded the CPA firm, Seattle CPA professionals, with his son. The new firm is a consolidation of many clients they previously served when they worked for former CPA firms. The new firm has been very successful. Mr. Kauppila enjoys working as a CPA and helping clients with their tax and accounting problems.


Selected Publications

  • "Forensic Accounting Helps Insurer Win Case." An article about William Kaupplia appearing in Accounting & Claims, the newsletter of investigative accounting presented by the National Association of Forensic Accountants, September 1993.
  • "Maximizing the Success of Insurance Claims," Volume VI, Focus on Success. A publication of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants, November 1993.
  • "Common Mistakes Made in Computing Claims for Business Interruption Losses," Accounting & Claims, the newsletter of investigative accounting presented by the National Association of Forensic Accountants, Volume 2 no. 2, February 1996.
  • "How a Forensic Accountant Can Assist Adjusters and Attorneys in the Claims Process," Accounting & Claims, the newsletter of investigative accounting presented by the National Association of Forensic Accountants, Volume 2, no. 7.
  • "Even Sweet, Little Old Ladies Commit Embezzlement..." The Forum, a publication dedicated to investigative accounting by the Forensic Accountants Society of North America, Volume 1, Issue 5, August 1997.

Please view Mr. Kauppila's CV (PDF) for a list of publications.

Bill Kauppila

Why I Teach at SPU

William Kauppila, Clinical Instructor

"As a practicing CPA for many years, I have worked with hundreds of new graduates entering the work force as accountants. I have experienced many university graduates who did not have the technical skills to be successful. I teach at SPU to equip my students so they are technically competent, perform well on their jobs, and pass the CPA exam. I would like to have a small part in the development of ethical students who will do the right thing when faced with ethical decisions in their life and jobs."

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