Richard Sapp, Ph.D., CPA (Texas 1976), has a B.B.A. from University of Toledo, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in finance and accounting from University of Houston. Dr. Sapp's teaching interests include corporate finance, performance measurement, product costing and managerial accounting. His research interests are strategic product costing, service costing and the role of microfinance in social entrepreneurship. He has held the rank of professor at Portland State University since 1978 and held Visiting Faculty positions at universities in Australia, Germany, France, Malaysia, Florida, Pennsylvania and California. During his tenure at PSU, he held numerous administrative positions, including: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the University’s International Programs Committee. For many years, he served as the director of the School of Business' international programs and study abroad efforts. He developed and delivered study abroad programs in Marseille France, Osaka Japan, Reutlingen Germany and Rosario Argentina. He has worked, lectured or traveled in over 90 countries. He has most recently taught micro-financing and financial management courses for Mercy Crops and other organizations in Vientiane Laos, Phnom Penh Cambodia, Bangkok Thailand, Kathmandu Nepal and Istanbul Turkey. In June 2010, he co-led a group of 17 MBA students to Nicaragua for a two-week intense program in micro-renewal energy projects and the micro-finance.
In 2003, Dr. Sapp was a faculty member for the Semester at Sea’s spring 2003 voyage around the world aboard the SS Universe Explorer, which was a historic 1952 steamship. He taught International Business, International Finance and Global Marketing. In 2006, he served as the Executive Dean of the Spring 2006 voyage for Semester at Sea, aboard the M/V Explorer. He was responsible for 785 undergraduate students, 30 faculty, 30 staff and their families on a 110-day voyage calling on 10 countries on 5 continents.
He presently holds the position of Professor Emeritus in the School of Business at PSU and continues to teach finance and accounting courses.
When not in Portland, he and his wife, Mary, reside in Gig Harbor Washington, where he is the Past Commodore of the Gig Harbor Yacht Club and maintains a 1978 Taiwanese trawler. His hobbies include boating, flying, woodworking, photography and international social entrepreneurship.