John Thornton, Ph.D., is professor and Leung Endowed Chair of Accounting and Ethical Auditing at Azusa Pacific University’s L.P. and Timothy Leung School of Accounting, where he focuses on developing future accounting professionals with competence and character.
He has held faculty senior leadership positions at Washington State University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. His research interests focus on ethics and the accounting profession, with recent emphases in auditor independence, auditor litigation, and whistle-blowing. Thornton is a nationally recognized author and speaker and serves on several editorial boards for accounting ethics, forensics, public interest, and accounting education journals. He is past chair of the American Accounting Association’s Professionalism and Ethics Committee and chair-elect of the AAA’s Public Interest Section.
Thornton received his Ph.D. and master's in Accounting from Washington State University and his B.S. in Accounting from Central Washington University. Between undergraduate and graduate degrees, he held staff- and senior-level positions in both local and international public accounting firms and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and the Institute of Management Accountants. His favorite people include his wife Alyssa and his three sons Joshua, Benjamin, and Jacob.
Ph.D., Washington State University (1996)
M.A., Accounting, Washington State University (1991)
B.S., Accounting, Central Washington University (1986)
- School of Business and Management
- Graduate Programs
- School of Accounting
- Undergraduate Programs
Accounting ethics, auditor litigation, and whistle-blowing
Courses TaughtACCT 338
– Forensic Accounting and Fraud ExaminationACCT 339
– Business and Professional EthicsBUSI 120
– Principles of Accounting I
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11:35 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Wilden Hall, Room 207, East Campus
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