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Donna Christian to fill internal audit position at Missouri State

Friday, October 18, 2013

Carrington HallDonna Christian has been appointed director of internal audit at Missouri State University. She will assume her duties Jan. 1, 2014. The internal auditor reports directly to the Board of Governors, while working closely with the president and other university officials.

The Board voted unanimously to hire Christian, who has more than 24 years of auditing experience. She received a bachelor of science in accounting from Missouri State and is both a certified public accountant and a certified government financial manager. Her salary will be $95,000.

Christian has extensive experience with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office, including managing the Springfield satellite office. She has also provided training to office personnel on discovering and preventing fraud and has managed numerous fraud audits during her career.

“Both the search committee and the full Board were impressed with Ms. Christian’s credentials, experience and ideas,” said Board of Governors Chair Orv Kimbrough. “This is a key position at the university and we look forward to having her join our team.”

The director of internal audit administers the internal audit activity of the university by directing audits of academic and administrative departments and activities and by developing a comprehensive, practical program of audit coverage for the university. The director manages or performs assignments that may vary in complexity and supervises staff in conducting the internal audits.

The director also reviews and analyzes transactions, documents, records, reports and accounts relating to university operations and functions, and prepares acceptable working papers and audit reports of audit findings. In addition, the director performs special reviews and projects as requested by the Board of Governors and university administrators and serves as the university’s official custodian of public records.

Christian replaces June McHaney, who recently retired from the university after seven years of service.

The Missouri Open Meetings, Open Records Law, also known as the Sunshine Law, requires that personnel decisions made in executive session be reported within 72 hours.

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