Kevin Ohl, CSE '78, MBA '81

Kevin Ohl graduated from Michigan State with a B.S. in Computer Science in 1978 and an MBA in Accounting in 1981. He passed the CPA examination in May 1981 and although he focuses primarily on business and technology consulting, he is a CPA registered in the State of Illinois.

Photo of Kevin J. OhlIn July 1981, Kevin joined Crowe Chizek and Company LLC, a leading provider of assurance, consulting, risk management, tax and technology services to large and middle-market public companies and large privately-held businesses. He is currently an Executive with Crowe Chizek and Company LLC and serves on the Executive Board of Crowe Chizek. Kevin assists clients with developing technology strategy, supervises projects related to implementation of business processes and systems, with a primary focus in the state and local government sector.

Kevin has been active in industry groups and on advisory boards to various technology vendors. He has been active in charitable organizations, serving in leadership roles for Public Television and United Way. He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Cornerstone Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.

Kevin was heavily involved with the Computer Science Department even before becoming an active alumnus. He served in a number of roles as an undergraduate, beginning as a teaching assistant during his sophomore year and eventually becoming a course administrator for the entry level computer science courses. Upon entering his MBA program, Kevin assumed instructional responsibility for these entry-level courses and also taught COBOL Programming. Finally, Kevin served as a non-faculty representative on the Computer Science Department's Curriculum Committee.

Kevin is an "engaged alumnus". He serves on the CSE Department's Strategic Partner Council and on the College of Engineering's Alumni Board. He works actively with the CSE Department presenting to classes and participating in extracurricular events. He also has been a key participant in the CSE Department's semi-annual graduation receptions with his remarks from an alumni perspective.

Kevin and his wife Sue are Hannah Society members and he continually advocates for MSU both within and outside of Crowe Chizek. He was responsible for organizing an annual contribution from the MSU alumni at Crowe Chizek and Company LLC; this contribution has resulted in an endowed scholarship fund that awards annual scholarships to CSE students. Kevin also established the Emerson and Dorothy Ohl Scholarship Fund for a similar purpose.

Kevin was the recipient of the 2004 CSE Department Distinguished Alumni Award.