Michael Head

Executive Assistant Professor


Mike is currently an Executive Assistant Professor in the James Benjamin Department of Accounting at Texas A&M University in the Mays Business School, where he teaches Introduction to Financial Accounting, Accounting Ethics, internal Auditing, and Fraud Examinations.  Mike also serves as a risk management, internal control, and operations consultant.  Mike joined Texas A&M University in September 2016 and served as a Lecturer for the James Benjamin Department of Accounting until September 2021 when he assumed the position of Executive Assistant Professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M University in August of 2016, Mike held the Resident Instructor position in the Accounting Department at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business, where he taught Introduction to Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.  Mike joined Creighton University in January 2013 and served as an adjunct instructor for the Accounting Department until August 2014 when he assumed the full-time position of Resident Instructor.

Mike retired from TD Ameritrade in May 2013 where he served as the Chief Audit Executive.  As Managing Director – Corporate Audit at TD Ameritrade, Mike was responsible for the coordination and delivery of risk-based and process-driven review, assurance, and advisory services specific to internal controls and risk management throughout TD Ameritrade. During his more than 41-year career he has served in various capacities, including director of internal audit, audit manager, and controller, for several companies and financial institutions.  His experience includes the development and implementation of comprehensive, risk-based internal audit functions, and serving as a strategic, financial, operational, and compliance control consultant to the financial services industry.

In addition to earning numerous professional designations — the Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Chartered Bank Auditor, and Certified Information Systems Auditor — Mike is a FINRA Registered General Securities Representative (Series 7), General Securities Principal (Series 24), and a Financial and Operations Principal (Series 27).  He is an active member of the IIA and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Brazos Valley IIA Chapter.  He served as an appointed member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Investor Advisory Group (IAG) from 2014 – 2020. Also, in the past, Mike served as Vice Chair – Finance of the Executive Committee of the IIA’s International Board and served on and chaired the Audit Committee of the IIA’s International Board.  Mike has also served as Chairman of the North American Advocacy Committee, a Trustee on the IIA’s Research Foundation Board, a North American Board member, and a Midwestern Region District Advisor.  Mike co-authored Internal Auditing: Assurance and Consulting Services, a textbook published by the IIA Research Foundation in July 2007 with the second, third, fourth, and fifth editions released in 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2022, respectively.  He also co-wrote Blended Engagements, published in Internal Auditor magazine, which earned the authors the 2010 Outstanding Contributor Award.  In 2014, Mike was awarded the CAHILL Award for Excellence by Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.  In the fall of 2015, Mike helped form the Creighton Student Center for the Public Trust and served as the faculty moderator until June 2016. In September of 2016, after joining Texas A&M University as a Lecturer, Mike was appointed Co-Director of the IAEP Internal Audit Program and continues to serve in that capacity. In 2018, Mike helped form the Texas A&M University recognized student chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors and currently serves as the faculty advisor.  In February of 2019, Mike was recognized as a 2019 Fish Camp Namesake in recognition of his leadership and positive impact on Texas A&M University, its students, and the local community. During the fall 2020 semester, Mike served as an Instructor Mentor for the First Year Experience (FYE) mandatory course at Texas A&M University. In May 2021, Mike was awarded the Baggett Snoots Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments in teaching innovation, curriculum development, and student service.

Mike, who earned a BSBA degree at the University of Missouri – Columbia, is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Texas Society of CPAs, the Nebraska Society of CPAs, Missouri Society of CPAs, Information Systems Audit & Control Association, and Institute of Management Accountants.