Member Awards

ACUA Awards Applications

Awards Nominations will re-open in 2021

  • 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.

2020 Award Recipients 

Member Excellence in Service Award 2020
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The Member Excellence in Service Award was presented to Meaghan Smith, Director of Audit & Advisory Services
at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). This award recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to the mission of ACUA through exceptional service.

Meaghan was the Web Services Director until September 2017. She was the Communications Commitee Chair from September 2017 to August 2019. She is currently the PEC Chair, having started in September 2019.

As co-chair of the Website Redesign taskforce, Meaghan was instrumental in helping to design and organize the website into the modern website it is today. In her first year as PEC chair, Meaghan has not only helped to redesign the conferences into Audit Interactive and AuditCon, but she had to convert them to a virtual format within a short period of time.

The nomination noted that Meaghan is always willing to answer questions.And, that she tries to invite those who are at conferences by themselves to social outings so they don't have to eat or go to networking events by themselves. She makes the conference more fun!
 



Outstanding Professional Contributions Award 2020

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The Outstanding Professional Contributions Award was prestented to Leigh Goller, Executive Director at Duke University. This award recognizes an ACUA member who has made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the profession of internal auditing in higher education. 

Leigh has served in key roles at ACUA and in higher ed auditing including: 

  • Board member at large in 2013-14, 2012-13, 2011-12;
  • External Relations Committee 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15
  • Audit & Accounting Principles chair in 2016-17, 2015-16
  • Hosted or co-hosted audit roundtable discussions at annual conferences – multiple years
  • Helped design and oversee planning and education for the ACUA Leads program – ran from 2010-2013
  • ACUA Faculty beginning in 2010 through current.
  • Since 2015, Leigh has led Duke’s co-convening of a Research Audit Roundtable, bringing together CAEs from 30 major research institutions and has led a similar effort for higher education’s enterprise risk management
  • Leigh serves on the accounting and auditing advisory board for UNC


Leigh is also a top rated ACUA speaker. In 2019 she gave membership a general session presented at AuditCon 2019 to share Duke Compliance and Audit lessons learned. 

As countlessly listed above, Leigh is heavily committed to making auditing in higher ed better, even when the subject is tough, such as her keynote on research misconduct.
 


Rising Star Award 2020

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Marilyn Carnevale

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Wendee Shinsato

The Rising Star Award was presented to two recipients this year! 

  • Marilyn Carnevale, Senior Auditor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
  • Wendee Shinsato,  Director of Audit Analytics, Operations, & Quality Assurance at California State Univ. System. 
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. This award is intended to spotlight, cultivate, and recognize those developing the personal initiative and commitment to positively impact higher education auditing, which is essential to ACUA’s continued success.

Marilyn Carnevale began volunteering with ACUA within her first year as a member. As an excellent and previously published writer, Marilyn volunteered as the Deputy Editor for ACUA's Journal. During her time as the Deputy Editor, the Journal underwent the transformation from a PDF publication to an on-line journal. Marilyn played a critical role in helping to develop and role out the new publication process. In September 2019, Marilyn took over as the Editor of the Journal, where she continues to publish articles and work with experts within the membership to share their insights and experiences through articles. 

Recently this spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the world, including our industry, Marilyn worked tirelessly to work with ACUA's sponsors and members to put together a COVID-19 Special Edition of the Journal, which was published more than a month ahead of schedule to provide timely resources to the organization.

Wendee Shinsato has been serving faithfully on the Audit and Accounting Principles Committee since December 2016.  She has consistently been an advocate for the committee and took on Director responsibilities in September 2019.  During her time with us she has organized meetings, created and organized our SharePoint, analyzed ACUA member surveys, co-written an ACUA Journal article, and helped keep the ACUA membership aware of industry changes via ICYMI articles in our newsletter and webpage. 

In 2020, Wendee created and published a 3-4 paragraph article to add to the NACUBO website giving a quick example of kick-starters aimed at getting risk officers to join ACUA.  Wendee has consistently demonstrated a willingness to share knowledge with her fellow ACUA members - through kick starters, publishing In Case You Missed It, as well as the upcoming journal entry.  
 


 

Member Excellence in Service Award

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

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

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