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ACUA Committee Chairs & Event Directors

We hope that you will get involved by becoming active in one (or more) of ACUA's committees. Click on the link below to find out more about each committee and how to contact the chair(s) of the committee.


Ambassadors Committee

The ACUA Ambassadors Committee is an ad hoc committee of the organization established by the Board in 2009, and is an integral part of ACUA’s Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Ambassadors Committee is to develop and foster mutually beneficial relationships with other professional organizations and to enhance relationships with current and potential ACUA members. Also, to provide advice and counsel to the current Board based upon the members’ historical knowledge.

Vijay Patel
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive
Box 5212
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0032
(601) 266-6111

Audit Committee

The purpose of the Audit Committee is to evaluate internal controls of ACUA’s administrative and financial processes and ensure that ACUA’s financial statements are audited by an independent public accounting firm or subject to internal audits developed in consultation with the secretary/treasurer. This consultation shall not override the authority of the audit committee to conduct any review of the Association’s finances or operations at the committee’s discretion.

Richard Cordova
University of Washington
Box 354984
Seattle, WA 98195-4984
(206) 543-4028

Communications Committee

The purpose of the Communications Committee is to provide ACUA members with accurate and relevant information through various communication channels.

Sam Khan
Oregon State University
Office of Audit Svs.
B240 Kerr Admin. Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331
(541) 737-7336

College and University Auditor

The Journal Editor is responsible for compiling, editing, and publishing the College and University Auditor journal.

Ron Richards
Director of Internal Audit
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple St.,
Carrollton, GA 30118
(678) 839-6342

Web Services

The Web Services Director oversees website updates performed by the association administrators, ensuring that updates are made timely and makes recommendations for enhancements and additions to the site.

Meaghan Smith
Oregon Health and Science University
Audit & Advisory Services
3181 SW Jackson Park Road
Mail Stop: L-106 IO
Portland, OR 97239-3098
(503) 418-1927

Social Media

The purpose of the Social Media Director is to oversee the strategic direction for Social Media content and the presence for ACUA on various channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Khareem Gordon
University of North Florida
One UNF Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 620-2852

ACUA Community

The purpose of the ACUA Community Director is to promote positive interactions in the ACUA Community, moderate posts, and ensure posts are in the appropriate category.

Jennifer McPherson
Mississippi State University
258 Magruder Street
Mailstop 9531
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-7353

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is a standing committee of the organization established by ACUA’s bylaws. The purpose of the Membership Committee is to promote membership interests and gauge membership satisfaction, as well as work to recruit and retain members of the organization.

Jana Briley
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8038
Statesboro, GA 30460-8038
(912) 478-1301

Nominating Committee

The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to conduct the nominations process for the annual election of officers and at-large board members as prescribed in these bylaws.

Vijay Patel
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive
Box 5212
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0032
(601) 266-6111

Partnerships Committee

Douglas D. Horr
University of Miami
Gables One Tower, Ste. 250
Miami, FL 33146
(305) 284-4657
Cell: (908) 507-8466

External Relations

The purpose of the External Relations Committee is to collaborate with other organizations to advance internal auditing in higher education.

Trisha Silvasy
University of Delaware
360 S. College Avenue
Newark, DE 19711
(267) 252-2553

Governmental Affairs

The Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is an ad hoc committee established by the ACUA Board of Directors. The purpose of the GAC is to monitor changes and trends in federal regulations that affect higher education, maintain liaisons with relevant groups, and respond to promulgating bodies as appropriate. The GAC is to keep the ACUA membership informed about proposed and final changes in federal regulations and emerging issues in various highly regulated areas of higher education, including but not limited to: sponsored research, student financial assistance, environmental health and safety, athletics, etc. A member of this committee will serve as liaison to the Council on Governmental Regulations (COGR) and represents ACUA as a member of their Costing Policies Committee.

Marion L. Candrea, CIA, CFE
Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey
Administrative Services Bldg. III
3 Rutgers Plaza, Rm. 316
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559
(848) 932-3326

Erin A. Egan, CPA
Rutgers, The State Univ. of New Jersey
Administrative Services Bldg. III
3 Rutgers Plaza, Rm. 324
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559
(848) 932-3324

Professional Education Committee

The purpose of the Professional Education Committee (PEC) is to provide coordination and oversight activities for all ACUA educational activities.

Nichole Pittman
University of Alaska
910 Yukon Dr., Ste. 211A
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5120
(907) 450-8094

Annual Conference

The purpose of the Annual Conference Committee is to provide coordination and oversight of the Annual Conference and perform such other functions as may be delegated from time to time by the Board.

Monica Moyer
Saint Leo Univ.
P.O. Box 6665, MC 2247
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
(352) 588-8646

ACUA Faculty

Amy Hughes
Michigan Technological Univ.
1400 Townsend Dr.
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 487-1976

Distance Learning

Jana Clark
Kansas State University
214 Anderson Hall
919 Mid Campus Dr North
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6746

Midyear Conference

Will Hancock
Auburn University
304 Samford Hall
Auburn, Alabama 36849
(334) 844-4389

Recognition Committee

La Donna Flynn, CPA, CIA
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
201 Russ Hall
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7500
(620) 235-6167

Internal Audit Awareness

The purpose of the Internal Audit Awareness Committee is to generate ideas to bring awareness to internal auditing during internal audit month.

Kassie Roberts
Georgia Institute of Technology
760 Spring St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 894-9480

Member Awards

The purpose of the Member Awards Committee is to select, on behalf of the ACUA Board, individuals who merit recognition in the following categories:

  • Member Excellence in Service Award
  • Outstanding Professional Contributions Award
  • Rising Star Award

Betsy Bowers
Univ. of West Florida
11000 University Pkwy.
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

Volunteer Appreciation

The purpose of the Volunteer Appreciation Committee is to recognize ACUA volunteers for their service.

Toni Messer Stephens
Univ. of Texas-Dallas
800 W. Campbell Rd., SPN 32
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 883-4876

Standards and Best Practices Committee

Brian Mikell
University of Florida
903 W. University Ave.
P.O. Box 113025
Gainesville, FL 32611-3025
(352) 273-1894

Auditing and Accounting Principles

The Auditing and Accounting Principles Committee (AAPC) is an ad hoc committee of the organization established by ACUA’s president with the concurrence of the Board.

The purpose of the AAPC is to keep the ACUA membership informed about changes to applicable accounting and auditing standards. The committee will represent ACUA and participate in organizations responsible for accounting and auditing standards applicable to the ACUA membership, including but not limited to, the NACUBO Accounting Principles Committee (NAPC), the International Institute of Internal Auditors, the Commission of Sponsoring Organizations and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

James Ponce, CPA, CIA, CFE
Wake Forest University
Associate Chief Auditor
Medical Center Blvd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
(336) 716-2784

Best Practices

The Best Practices committee provides members with benchmarking survey tools to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of their operations. In addition, the committee provides resources to assist ACUA members in complying with International Institute of Internal Auditor’s Quality Assurance Standards.

Heather Lopez
Washington State University
PO Box 641221
Pullman, WA 99164-1221
(509) 335-2001

Risk Dictionary

The purpose of the Risk Dictionary Committee is to update and market the ACUA Risk Dictionary.

J. Richard Dawson
Univ. of Texas-San Antonio
One UTSA Cir.
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-4237

Kim F. Turner, CPA
Texas Tech Univ. System
Office of Audit Svs.
Box 41104
Lubbock, TX 79409-1104
(806) 742-3220