Outstanding Professor Award, 2017
Professor Leese is known as a demanding instructor who challenges even the most serious student. Executive Director for University Development, Kristine Mazzei, stated “Honestly, I can’t think of a more deserving person. After visiting hundreds of College of Business alumni for over two years, I can say with certainty that I hear successful accountants often reference your classes, commitments to quality, and high expectations as central to their professional achievements.”
Leese was the main developer of the 30 credit-hour Professional Accounting Certificate which prepares students for long-term professional success and provides an academically sound undergraduate platform to meet the 150 credit-hour CPA certification standard. CSUC’s recent improved CPA exam pass rate appears to be a direct result of this program.