Dr. Ralph Bourret

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Dr. Ralph Bourret - Assistant Professor of Accounting


Ralph BourretDr. Ralph Bourret is an Assistant Professor of Accounting in NWOSU's - Division of Business. Dr. Bourret earned his BA (1975) in Mining Engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. He later completed his MBA in Business Administration (1995) at the University of Dubuque in Dubuque, IA. The PhD in Accounting was conferred upon Dr. Bourret from Mississippi State in 2005. 


At Northwestern, Dr. Bourret teaches Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, International Accounting, and Advance Accounting. Other courses that Dr. Bourret teaches include Personal Finance, Survey of Accounting, and Introduction to Business.

Research & Presentations:

Dr. Bourret researches Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of American public corporations. Specific research areas include oversight of retiring CEOs and their opportunistic behavior in profitable firms. Dr. Bourret's published research includes, "Do CEOs from financially sound firms exhibit opportunistic behavior prior to a voluntary non-routine departure?" in the Regional Business Review (2009) and "Are routine retiring CEOs more closely monitored in their last year", in the Mustang Journal of Accounting and Finance (2013). His article about CEOs being monitored, a paper co-authored by colleague Ms. Dana Roark, received the Distinguished Paper Award (2013). Other research of Dr. Bourret has been presented at the MBAA/Business, Society, and Government conference in Chicago for five consecutive years (2009-2013). Dr. Bourret is a regular moderator during the MBAA/BSG conferences.  Session topics included "U.S. Airlines Industry" (2013), "Business and Religion" (2012), "Supply and Demand" (2012), and "Business and Technology" (2011). 

Professional Experience:

Dr. Bourret is originally from Platteville, WI. While in Wisconsin, he was an owner-operator of one of the top five revenue producing farms in the US raising dairy cows, hogs, beef cattle, and corn. Prior to farming, Dr. Bourret was a mining engineer in uranium mines in Grants, NM (1975-1980) and again in Platteville, WI (1995). Dr. Bourret has taught accounting finance at Eastern New Mexico, Mississippi State University, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Clark College-Dubuque.

Membership & Activities:

Dr. Bourret is a member of the American Accounting Association and MBAA International, Business, Society, and Government Consortium. Dr. Bourret serves on NWOSU's Faculty Evaluation and Development Committee and the Athletic Committee. He is a member of the DOB Assessment Committee. 

Contact Information:

Dr. Bourret's office is located on the Alva campus, JD 201C. He may be reached at (580) 327-8504 or at rebourret@nwosu.edu.