Kate Head

Kate Head, CPA, CISA, CFE, CIG

University of South Florida System

Kate Head is the Associate Director of Audit for the University of South Florida System in Tampa, FL. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Inspector General. Kate is a graduate of the Oklahoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She assists the University as a non-voting member of the People Soft Directors and serves as a consultant for teams involved in new system implementation, continuous assurance, and ongoing business process reengineering. Prior to being employed by USF she worked for Texas A&M University and Ernst and Young in audit and litigation support. In total, Kate has more than two decades of experience in audits and investigations.

Kate promotes the internal audit profession through her involvement with her local IIA chapter and has served the chapter for more than 10 years as President, Treasurer, Governor and Academic Relations Chairperson. She serves as co-leader of the Tampa Bay ACL users group sponsored by the IIA Chapter. In 2001 Kate was recipient of ACUA’s Excellence in Service Award. She has served ACUA as a Fraud Track Coordinator and as a volunteer speaker. Kate, and her team, supports the USF School of Accountancy’s efforts to integrate data analytics into the core course curriculum by developing and maintained four case studies, providing technical support and guest lecturing. Kate has written for the Institute of Internal Auditing as well as participated in the IIA volunteer speaker’s program.


Ms. Head’s areas of expertise are:

  • Auditors Role in Financial System Implementation and System Reengineering
  • Data Mining and Continuous Assurance
  • Financial and Operational audits of PeopleSoft
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection
  • High Risk Internal Control Failures
  • How to Survive an Audit—Sponsored Research Approach
  • Implementing and Managing Teammate (all modules except risk)
  • Performing Investigations in an higher education environment (including Research &Direct Support Organizations)
  • Transitioning Operational Auditors to IT Auditors