Leigh Goller, CPA
Audit Director Duke University
Leigh is the Director of Internal Audits for Duke University. She is a North Carolina CPA, and a member of the IIA. Leigh is also a graduate of Leadership North Carolina Class XII and serves on the Advisory Board for the Department of Accounting at UNC Charlotte. Ms. Goller is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
As Director of Internal Audits at Duke, she is responsible for all financial, operational and compliance audit activities for Duke University and its shared services business units. Leigh has informed and engaged leadership’s focus on key elements of compliance obligations in areas such as conflicts of interest, data security, sponsored programs research, donor relations and financial stewardship. She is also a key member of Duke’s emerging issues steering committees for global initiatives, research administration improvement and university-wide policy changes. Ms. Goller has close to a decade of experience in higher education.
Prior to joining Duke, she was a corporate finance officer in public and privately held companies and was a Senior Manager in the business advisory practice at Grant Thornton LLP. While in public accounting, Leigh led national initiatives to develop practical interpretations of COSO's Enterprise Risk Management framework, including implementation and monitoring tools. She began her career performing external audits with Arthur Andersen LLP, specializing in the not-for-profit sector. Leigh served 2008-2013 on the Board of Directors for the Association for College and University Auditors (ACUA). She helped create ACUA Leads!, which is a year-long program providing leadership skills including communication, strategic planning, performance management, self-awareness, and innovative problem solving.
Ms. Goller’s areas of expertise are:
- Enterprise Risk management
- ERP Module Design and Post Implementation
- Global Education Initiatives
- Horizontal Auditing
- Internal controls for sponsored programs administrators
- Internal control environment for business managers
- Minors on Campus
- The business behind collegiate athletics
- Powerful Communication Techniques
- Emerging issues including globalization, balancing risk and compliance, integrated auditing, and staff recruitment and retention