Phillip (Phil) Watlington

Accounting Program Director
Assistant Professor in Accounting

B.S., University Missouri – Kansas City
MBA, University Missouri – Kansas City, Accounting & Control
Phone: 913-682-5151 ext. 6425
Office: Miege 105

Phil Watlington is Assistant Professor Finance & Accounting and teaches basic through Advanced Accounting in the Business, Accounting, and Sport Management Department. He also teaches courses in Taxation, Auditing, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Finance. His first years at USM have been spent restructuring and developing the Triple Advantage Professional Accountancy Program, which allows students a track of study leading to a B.S. Degree in Accounting, an MBA Degree with a Concentration in Accounting, and the academic credentials to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Exam.

Prior to beginning a career in education, Phil worked in various global financial management positions with the General Electric Company, where he retired in 2010. Earlier in his career, he held positions as Controller, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and Vice President Finance & Administration with several publicly-traded global firms in the Kansas City Region.

Phil is the author of two books: The World Is at Your Door (a non-fiction book on doing business in a global environment) and The Rise of Powerful, Influential, and Caring Women (a non-fiction book on the changing roles of women in business, government, and leadership). A third book, One Step from Heaven, Two from Hell (a fiction book on business ethics), is scheduled for publication in late 2016. Phil has also published articles on global business and financial management in various publications throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Phil is a Life Member of Financial Executives International (FEI) and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), where he was an inaugural recipient of the Certificate in Director Education. His expertise in teaching, business modeling, and entrepreneurial business development have earned him numerous awards throughout his career. Aside from work, he routinely wins competitive awards for his realistic and decorative wildfowl decoy and shorebird carvings.