Chief Auditor Search

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Auditor for the University of Minnesota.

The Chief Auditor is a senior leader directly accountable to the Board of Regents. In addition, the Chief Auditor receives additional oversight and guidance from the President in the execution of audit work. The Chief Auditor provides independent assurance and advisory services designed to add value and improve the operations of the University of Minnesota and its five distinct campuses. They lead the Office of Internal Audit and are responsible for designing, organizing and directing this function to continually assess whether the University’s network of risk management, internal control, and governance is adequate and functioning effectively.

The Application and Nomination Process

Additional information about the opportunity, core duties, and responsibilities of the Chief Auditor position are available for consideration. 

Applications will be received and considered until the position is filled. For full consideration, submit applications by September 18, 2021. Applications must include a letter of interest, addressing why the applicant is interested in this position and how required qualifications are met; and a CV and five professional references with email and telephone numbers (references will not be contacted without prior authorization from the applicant). All applications will be handled in confidence. Submit applications and nominations electronically (Microsoft Word or PDF format) to:

Charge to the Chief Auditor Search Committee

The 2021 Chief Auditor Search Advisory Committee (CASAC) is charged with recommending to the Board of Regents 3-4 unranked lead candidates for Chief Auditor. 

To complete this charge, the committee is expected to:

  • Review and understand the Chief Auditor position profile.

  • Play an active role in identifying qualified individuals, recruiting and encouraging nominations and applications, and monitoring the applicant pool to ensure quality and diversity.

  • Carefully evaluate candidates against the position profile.

  • Provide a summary of qualifications, strengths, and weaknesses of each individual recommended as a lead candidate to the Board.

In addition, CASAC members are expected to:

  • Participate fully in all facets of the committee’s work.

  • Adequately prepare for and attend all committee meetings.

  • Keep the best interests of the entire University central to their work on the committee.

  • Disclose to the CASAC chair any potential conflicts of interest.

  • Maintain strict confidentiality throughout the process, respecting the privacy interests of candidates prior to the selection of finalists, as required by the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

  • Understand and agree that only the CASAC chair and Chair of the Board of Regents will serve as spokespersons for the search.

The committee will be assisted by AGB Search in executing its charge. To advance the committee’s work, AGB Search will build a position profile to guide candidate recruitment based on input from the Board of Regents and the University community regarding the qualities needed in the University’s next Chief Auditor.

The CASAC is an advisory committee to the Board of Regents, and does not hold any delegated authority to select the Chief Auditor. The selection of “finalists” and the decision of who will serve as the University’s next Chief Auditor rests entirely with the Board of Regents. As such, meetings of the CASAC are not required to be open under the Minnesota Open Meeting Law. In all of its deliberations, the CASAC is charged to adhere to University policies and act in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. 

Committee Members

  • Regent Steve Sviggum, chair

  • Regent Mary Davenport

  • Regent Mike Kenyanya

  • Myron Frans, Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations

  • Jennifer Goodnough, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota Morris; member, Faculty Consultative Committee 

  • Jennifer Gunn, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Advanced Study; member, Senate Committee on Finance and Planning, 2013-21

  • Kenneth Horstman, Vice President, Human Resources

  • Boyd Kumher, Chief Compliance Officer

  • Jim Nobles, Legislative Auditor, State of Minnesota

  • Michael Oakes, Interim Vice President for Research

  • Doug Peterson, General Counsel

Additional Resources

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