About Me

Welcome to W. Michael Gough's Wild, Wild Website!

There used to be a picture of yours truly here with a bottle of beer that said:
Words to live by: "Stay thirsty my friends."

However, I was told that a picture of me with a beer bottle gave the wrong message, so I had to take it down.

Many say the lack of a picture is a solid improvement on the website appearance (my wife was first to volunteer that thought).

So you ask, what makes me so amazing? Here you go:


I have never played the accordion, spoons or cricket.
I am a proud, past president of the Julie Andrews Fan Club.
I have spent a fair amount of time in Lodi, California, working at my uncle's car wash.

At one time he had a monopoly on all of the carwashes in Lodi.
He owned both of them.



Let's give you a logic test.

Based on the information above, Lodi must be:


a. I don't know
b. I don't care
c. What's the difference?
d. All of the above
e. This is stupid


If you answered anything other than e, you are correct.

If you answered d, you'll do really well in my courses.

If you answered e, you might want to take another instructor

who is better looking and doesn't make his students sing so much in class.


More on my life story:


One of the less interesting jobs I held while going to college was a forklift driver for California Canners and Growers.

One night I spilled over two tons of peaches.
What a mess!



Continuing with the mundane - I have been at DeAnza since the 1984-1985 academic year where I teach courses in Accounting and General Business.

I have also been a lecturer in a couple of the MBA programs here in the Bay Area as well as a lecturer for UC Extension.


In addition to teaching, I have consulted with several firms in the Santa Clara Valley and have worked with some of the largest companies here as well as some startups.

Prior to coming to DeAnza I worked in high technology, investment banking and public accounting.

I have MBA and BA degrees from Santa Clara University, an AA from San Joaquin Delta College, am a certfied public accountant (MT) and hold an Enrolled Agents License (special license to practice before the IRS).

I hold a California Real Estate Sales license and am qualified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

I also have an MA in English (Creative Writing) from Notre Dame de Namur University and have been a lecturer in English at a couple of the area colleges.

Publications - On air instructor and writer for video series Accounting, 18th - 22nd editions of the Warren, Financial and Managerial Accounting Texts, Cengage - Thomson Southwest Pub.
Narrator and Powerpoint Guide Developer, 1st and 2nd editions, Managerial Accounting, by Hansen and Mowen, Cengage-Thomson Southwest Pub.
Author - Guide to Business Law, 1st and 2nd editions Kendall Hunt Pub.

Classes I Teach

Fall 2018

CRNCourseSec.Title
00007ACCT 1A3YFinancial Accounting I
25066ACCT 1AH3YHFinancial Accounting I - HONORS
24788ACCT 1B66ZFinancial Accounting II
24169ACCT 7362ZFraud Detection and Deterrence
00301BUS 183YBusiness Law I
00307BUS 1862ZBusiness Law I

Summer 2018

CRNCourseSec.Title
00100BUS 1861ZBusiness Law I
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