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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.

Pamela Doran
University of South Carolina.
1600 Hampton St., Ste. 610
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-3795

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
Board Liaison: Pam Doran

Communications Committee

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

Meaghan Smith, CPA, CIA, MBA
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 418-1927
Board Liaison: Julia Hann

College and University Auditor

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

Sonja Erickson
Lead Auditor
University of Missouri System
1105 Carrie Francke Dr.,
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-7557

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.

Michelle Saxon
Murray State University
219 Wells Hall
Murray, KY 42071
(270) 809-3005

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


Mary W. Krauss, GCIH, CISA, CRISC
Auburn University
304 Samford Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
(334) 844-4389

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 the bylaws.

Pamela Doran
University of South Carolina.
1600 Hampton St., Ste. 610
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-3795

Partnerships Committee

Douglas D. Horr
Vanderbilt University
Audit, Risk, & Adisory Svs.
110 21st Ave., South-Ste. 1130
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 343-6663
Board Liaison: Melissa Hall

External Relations

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

Sandy S. Jansen, CIA, CCSA, CRMA
University of Tennessee
Office of Audit and Compliance
149 Conference Center Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4114
(865) 974-4437

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.

PEC Chair:
Nichole Pittman
University of Alaska
2025 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-5120
(907) 450-8094
Board Liaison: Justin Noble

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.

Annual Conference Director:
Allen Amyotte
Univ. of Alberta
306D Campus Tower, 8625 - 112 St., NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1K8
(403) 919-5014

ACUA Faculty

Lynne Sanders
The University of North Carolina
Vice President for Compliance Audit Service
140 Friday Center Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 962-4610

Distance Learning

Amy L. Hughes
Michigan Technological University
Internal Audit Department
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 487-1976

Midyear Conference

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

Recognition Committee

The purpose of the Recognition Committee is to recognize ACUA members and volunteers for all of their committment to the ACUA and the internal audit industry.

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

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 Recognition

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

Standards and Best Practices Committee

Kara Kearney-Saylor, CIA, CRMA
Univ. At Buffalo
Internal Audit Dept.
148 Parker Hall, 3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214-8004
(716) 829-6950 
Board Liaison: Brian Mikell

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 Univ.
Internal Audit
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.

Laura Buchhorn, CIA, CFE, CRMA, CCSA
Univ. of Texas-San Antonio
One UTSA Cir.
San Antonio, TX 78249
(210) 458-4505 

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