Manuel Salazar III, Ed.D., M.B.A., C.P.A.

Manuel Salazar III, Ed.D., M.B.A., C.P.A.

Associate Dean – School of Business; MAcc Director


  • Ed.D. in Educational Administration 2007 Pensacola Christian College (FL)
  • M.B.A. Lundy-Fetterman School of Business 1995 Campbell University (NC)
  • M.A. in Ministry 2000 Luther Rice University (GA)
  • B.S. in Business 1994 University of North Carolina, Pembroke (NC)
  • A.A. Business 1992 West Valley College (CA)
  • C.P.A. (Certified Public Accountant), State of California: Active License


Manuel has 25+ years of relevant leadership experience from being a corporate controller and principal financial officer in the commercial banking industry to working in public accounting as a CPA focused on financial reporting, tax, and audit. He has taught at the college level for 20+ years and has been at Jessup since 2011, making him the senior faculty member in the business school. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of the business school and directs the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program and oversees the business online programs, along with accreditation and other administrative responsibilities.Manuel was greatly honored by the student body when they selected him to be the recipient of WJU’s first Teacher of the Year award in 2014.

Manuel has been marred to his wife, Lisa, for nearly 35 years and they have four adult children. He and his wife founded a K-12 college prep faith-based academy in 1999 (Liberty Christian Academy, N.C.) which continues to educate and equip young people to this day. Manuel is an ordained minister of the gospel and is involved in the teaching ministry of his church. He has served over the years as a minister of education, church deacon, trustee, and treasurer. Manuel served our nation as a U.S. Army paratrooper during the Reagan administration in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he was a FIST sergeant and later a jumpmaster instructor (Black Hat). Manuel and Lisa enjoy spending time outdoors together doing a variety of coastal and mountain activities.


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Dr. Salazar’s research and consulting interest include: Professional Ethics, Technology & Trends in Accounting, Accounting and Finance Curriculum Development and Pedagogy, Financial Literacy, Business for Transformation, Tax Planning, and Financial/Accounting Development of Not-For-Profit (NFP) Organizations.

Professional Committees and Non-Profit Service:

  • Professional Conduct State Committee, California Society of CPA’s
  • Financial Literacy State Committee, California Society of CPA’s
  • American Accounting Association, regional leadership
  • Financial Executives International (former local board member), Sacramento Chapter
  • Board Member, Miss Ruby’s Kids(NFP), Georgetown, SC
  • Board Member, Fidelis Project, Global Leadership Training Organization
  • Finance Committee, Chair, FBC Georgetown, SC

Consulting: Manuel regularly provides consulting services as a CPA in the areas of: strategic tax planning, internal financial controls development, operating and capital budgeting analysis, and business process improvement.

Professional Development: Manuel completes a variety of CPE courses to remain an active CPA each year. These courses focus in areas such as accounting ethics, tax planning, and financial reporting.

Curriculum & Program Development: Manuel has designed 20+ courses in the MAcc, MBA, and undergraduate business programs. He has also championed the development of several degrees/programs in the business school. He is a former chair of WJU’s Academic Council.

Conferences: Manuel participates, presents/serves on expert panels, etc. in professional conferences each year. He serves in a regional leadership role with the American Accounting Association, the largest academic and professional association of accounting faculty in the United States.

Articles: Manuel writes several articles each year related to his research interests and expertise. Many can be found on his LinkedIn page above.

Accreditation: Manuel has spearheaded numerous regional and program accreditation efforts (WASC and ACBSP)over the past two decades, and currently leads efforts for assessment and accreditation for the Jessup Business School.