J. Michael Peppers

J. Michael Peppers, CPA, CIA, QIAL, CRMA

The University of Texas System

J. Michael Peppers is the Chief Audit Executive for The University of Texas System in Austin, Texas. Mr. Peppers' 30‑year career began in public accounting and has included serving as chief audit executive at major healthcare and higher education institutions, including U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center and U.T. Medical Branch.

Mr. Peppers is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor, and holds a qualification in Internal Audit Leadership and a Certification in Risk Management Assurance. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from the University of South Florida. Mr. Peppers will be the 2017-18 Chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Global Board of Directors.  He was the 2012-13 chairman of IIA North American Board and previously served on the IIA Internal Audit Standards Board. He has been President of the national Association of College and University Auditors, the 2,500-member Houston IIA Chapter, and the Florida West Coast IIA Chapter. He serves on the University of Houston Department of Accountancy Advisory Board.

Mr. Peppers has written and co-authored auditing articles and is an active public speaker on internal audit related topics.  He is a Distinguished Faculty Member in the IIA's Volunteer Faculty program and received the 2009 Outstanding Professional Contributions Award from the Association of College and University Auditors.

Mr. Peppers’ areas of expertise:

  • Quality Assessments
  • Internal Auditing Standards
  • Best Practices in Internal Auditing
  • Improving the Performance of an Internal Audit Activity
  • Management/Supervisory Skills 
  • Presentation Skills for Auditors and Other Professionals