Member Awards

ACUA Awards Nominations

  • Member Excellence in Service Award - This Award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the mission of ACUA through exceptional service.
 
  • Outstanding Professional Contributions Award - This Award recognizes a member who has made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the profession of internal auditing in higher education.
 
  • Rising Star Award - This Award recognizes an “up-and-coming” member who has made significant individual contributions in the areas of internal audit, compliance, or risk management that furthers the mission of ACUA.


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2021 Award Recipients 

Member Excellence in Service Award 2021
Janet Covington

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Janet Covington is the Director of Internal Audit at Rice University. Janet has been a member of ACUA for over two decades.  She is a former board member of ACUA, and a stalwart of a variety of roles, including intrepid service to the Membership Committee. Janet has been a proctor, speaker, and collaborator at conferences.  She is a committed member who has given her professional life to serving the profession and her relentless pursuit of excellence is contagious.



Outstanding Professional Contributions Award 2021

Deidre Melton is Associate Vice President for Audit and Chief Risk Officer for Florida A&M University. 

Deidre has been an ACUA member for 7 years and is the Chair of ACUA's Diversity and Inclusive Leadership Committee, drawing on her previous experience in ISACA and at her own institution in accelerating the development of DEI initiatives. As described by a fellow board member, "Deidre has the ability to keep a pulse on the finer details of delegated achievements while keeping an eye on the big picture of how it will all fit together in moving ACUA forward." 

Deidre's noteworthy contributions to internal auditing expand well beyond just that of ACUA or higher education. Deidre has been an active member of the ISACA Tallahassee Chapter for more than five years, having served as Secretary, Vice President, and most recently as President of the Chapter. Deidre was appointed to ISACA's SheLeadsTech Council for their One In Tech foundation where they are working to close the diversity gap for women in the IT sphere across the globe. 

Deidre is an individual committed to not only enhancing her profession, but also to building a more diverse and inclusive working world. 

 


Rising Star Awards 2021
Katie Bumgardner

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Katie Bumgardner is an Associate IT Auditor at University of Oregon. Since 2019, Katie Bumgardner has been volunteering for ACUA.  She has served as a member of the Virtual Learning Committee.  In October 2020, Katie was selected to be the Audit Interactive Conference Director.  After the success of Audit Interactive in March 2021, Katie was elected to serve as the Chair of the Professional Education Committee, and now oversees the AuditCon, Audit Interactive, and Virtual Learning Committees, while working in close coordination with the ACUA Board of Directors. Katie’s positivity is contagious, her willingness to share and learn is endearing, and her professionalism shines through in every interaction

Alison Bogart
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Alison Bogart is the Director of Internal Audit at the Florida Inst. of Technology.  Alison had an idea a few years ago to do a better job sharing data analytic scripts and tools between schools and better educate smaller shops on the benefits of data analytics.  She recruited a number of interested volunteers, creating and leading the new data analytics subcommittee for ACUA.  This has resulted in a subforum on ACUA's website where data analytics can be shared amongst members.  She has encouraged multiple ACUA members to sign up and share expertise related to data analytics. Alison has also led the effort to publish multiple 'data analytics kickstarters,' while aligning the tools being published with webinars and conference sessions.


 

Member Excellence in Service Award

 
2021 Janet Covington Rice University  

2020

Meaghan Smith 

Oregon Health & Science University

 

2019

Vijay Patel

The Mississippi Institute of Higher Learning 

 

2018

Gail Klatt

University of Minnesota

 

2017

Doug Horr

Vanderbilt University

 

2016

Laura Buchhorn

University of Texas - San Antonio

 

2015

Julia Hann

Georgia College & State University

 

2014

Richard Dawson

University of Texas-San Antonio

 

2013

Betsy Bowers

Univ. of West Florida

 

2012

Kathryn Kapka

The Univ. of Texas at Tyler

 

2011

Kimberly F. Turner

Texas Tech University System

 

2010

Jim Sleezer

Oklahoma State Univ./A&M Board of Regents

 

2009

Sandy Jansen

Texas Tech University System

 

2008

Mary Barnett

University of Richmond

 

2007

Phillip Hurd

Georgia Tech

 

2006

Toni Messer

University of Texas at Dallas

 

2005

Helen C. Vanderland 

University of Mary Washington

 

2004

Don Holdegraver
Tom Salzman 

University of Nebraska
Illinois State University

 

2003

David P. Coury

Florida State University

 

2002

Virginia Key 
Rick N. Whitfield 

Montana State University-Bozeman
Pace University

 

2001

Kate M. Head 
Charles A. Jefferis
University of South Florida
University of Vermont
 

2000

Steven M. Jung
Camille R. Rigney

Stanford University
Brown University

 

1999

Kathy Burgmeier 

The University of Montana

 

1998

Seth Kornetsky  

Tufts University

 

1997

Rob Clark

Georgia Tech

 
 

Outstanding Professional Contributions Award

2021 Deidre Melton Florida A&M University​

2020

Leigh Goller

Duke University 

2018

Mark Salamasick

University of Texas System

2017

Kevin Robinson

Auburn University

2016

Tom Dwyer

Syracuse University

2015

Betty McPhilimy

Northwestern University

2014

Richard Dawson

University of Texas-San Antonio

2014

Kim Turner

Texas Tech University

2013

Thomas N. Luccock

Michigan State University

2013

Michael L Somich

Duke University

2012

Charles G. Chaffin

University of Texas System

2011

Mary Lee Brown

University of Pennsylvania & Penn Medicine

2010

Gail Klatt

University of Minnesota

2009

J. Michael Peppers

University of Texas

2008

Patti Snopkowski

Oregon University System

2006

Rob Clark

Georgia Tech

2005

Charlie Chaffin  

University of Texas System

2003

David Crawford

University of Texas System

 

Rising Star Award

2021

Katie Bumgardner

Alison Bogart

University of Oregon​

Florida Tech ​

2020

Marilyn Carnevale
Wendee Shinsato

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
California State Univ. System

2019

Jana Clark 

Kansas State University 

2018

Kara Kearney-Saylor

University at Buffalo

2017

Marion Candrea

Rutgers University

2016

Meaghan Smith

Oregon Health & Science University