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Sharon Kurek, CPA, CFE

Director of Internal Audit

Virginia Tech


Sharon has been the Director of Internal Audit at Virginia Tech since 2008.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a bachelors degree in business administration(accounting) from Mercer University.   At Virginia Tech she is responsible for developing and executing an annual and long-range audit plan for university programs and resources.  She supervises a team of auditors, reviews and approves the evaluation of internal controls and resulting recommendations, and provides updates of audit activities and recommendations to the Audit Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.  

Prior to that, she worked at the University of California, Berkeley, serving a number of roles including Manager of Controls and Accountability, Senior Auditor, and Principal Auditor.  As the Manager of Controls and Accountability, she was responsible for promoting a culture of accountability and ethical decision-making, identifying and mitigating risks to an acceptable level, and strengthening effectiveness and efficiency throughout the administrative side of campus activities.  She began her professional career at the Georgia Department of Audits conducting external audits of state entities, including colleges and universities for the State of Georgia.

Sharon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Association of College and University Auditors, and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association.  She is currently serving as co-chair of the Best Practices Committee for the Association of College and University Auditors. 

Ms.Kurek’s areas of expertise are:


  • Audit & Fraud Awareness
  • Accounting & Auditing Updates
  • COSO
  • Data Analytics
  • Ethics
  • Fraud Prevention and  Detection
  • IIA Standards
  • Internal Controls
  • Risk Assessment and Audit Planning
  • Quality Assurance Reviews


Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA


Phone: (540) 231-5883