Bill Kirst is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of Accounting Programs at the Catholic University of America. He was formerly a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partner who spent 20 years of his career with PwC living and working abroad in six countries: Italy, Iran, Poland, Russia, Germany and Switzerland. He was the Managing Partner in three of these locations.
Additionally, for ten years Professor Kirst worked for a former Fortune 500 company, Smith International, Inc., in the global oilfield services sector. He held various roles in senior finance, marketing, and operations. His last position was Corporate Vice President of Business Development.
Prior to joining the CUA faculty he served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Diocese of Arlington and Chief Advancement Officer for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. Professor Kirst also served as a US Navy Officer for seven years, including six months in Vietnam, and later as an Intelligence Officer in the Naval Reserves.
Professor Kirst holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University of Los Angeles, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Professor Kirst also earned a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in the State of California.
He and his wife, Mary Ellen, have raised 6 children and reside in Washington DC.
I first learned of Father Capodanno and the Grunt Padrebook in 2001. Father Mode was the guest speaker at the Catholic Information Center in downtown Washington, DC and autographed his book for me. Each time I re-read it, I thank the Lord for sending us this manly and holy priest who is a great role model and inspiration for young people, and especially those serving in the military.