In May of 2007 the Office of Internal Audit at the University of Iowa underwent a Quality Assurance Review (QAR). In 2012 and again in 2017, an external consultant was hired to conduct a QAR for the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.  The goal was to fulfill the requirements of the Internal Audit standards which require an external review should be completed every five years. The consolidated results for all three institutions can be viewed here.  Each of the recommendations identified in the report has been, or is being addressed.

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Patrice Sayre, M.Acc, CPA, CIA

Chief Audit Executive

Email:  patrice.sayre@iowaregents.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  515-281-6421                         

Patrice Sayre joined Internal Audit in January 2018.  She previously was the Chief Business Officer of the Board of Regents for ten years.  Prior to that, Patrice was the Finance Director for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit for eighteen years, and Internal Audit Supervisor for the City of Des Moines.  Patrice earned her BA from Iowa State University and MS in Accounting from Drake University, where she became the Internal Auditor shortly upon graduation.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.

Deb Johnston

Debra A. Johnston, MBA, CIA, CISA, CFE

Associate Director of Internal Audit

Email:  debra-johnston@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-467-0150

Deb Johnston joined Internal Audit in January 2001 as a Senior Auditor.  She previously worked for more than twenty years in the corporate world where she managed the accounting and finance functions of both service and manufacturing companies.  Immediately prior to her working for the University, Deb was the Financial Systems Development Manager for APAC Customer Services during a large Lawson Software implementation.  Deb earned a BBA in Finance and MBA from the University of Iowa, is a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Chad Sharp

Chad Sharp, MBA, CIA, CISA  

Audit Manager

Email:  chad-sharp@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-335-2726

Chad Sharp joined Internal Audit in October 2002.  He moved into his current position in December 2012.  He previously worked for 3 ½ years as an account manager, financial auditor, and process/compliance analyst for a local telephone company.  Chad earned a BA and MBA from the University of Iowa.  He is a Certified Internal Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Julie Appleget

Julie Appleget, CIA, CISA

Senior Auditor

Email:  julie-appleget@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-335-2865

Julie Appleget joined Internal Audit in March 2016.  She previously worked in insurance, including 10 years in Internal Audit.  Julie earned an AAS in Marketing and Management and an AAS in Computer Programing from Kirkwood Community College.  She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. 

Kip Druecker

Kip Druecker, CPA, CISA                        

IT Auditor

Email:  kip-druecker@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-467-0149

Kip Druecker joined Internal Audit in December 2006.  He moved into his current position in December 2012.  He previously worked as an auditor at the State of Iowa Auditor’s Office for five and a half years.  Kip earned a BA in accounting and finance from the University of Northern Iowa.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Terry Gromacki

Terry Gromacki, CISA

IT Auditor

Email:  terry-gromacki@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-335-2872

Terry Gromacki joined Internal Audit in August 2012.  He previously worked as a Business Systems Analyst for seven years at the University of Michigan, specializing in the areas of Access and Security.  Terry earned a BBA from the University of Michigan, with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems and Finance.  He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor. 

Josh Johnson

Joshua Johnson, CFE                  

Auditor 

Email:  joshua-d-johnson@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-467-0264

Josh Johnson joined Internal Audit in April 2018.  He previously worked as an auditor at State Street Corporation in Boston and National Futures Association, a financial regulatory body, in Chicago.  Josh earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Iowa and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

 

Doug Land

Auditor

Email:  douglas-land@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-467-1106

Doug Land joined Internal Audit in March 2019.  He previously worked as a Financial Analyst with the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.  Doug earned a triple major BA in Business Finance, Economics, and Asian Studies from Coe College.  

James Pitcher, MBA, CPA  

Senior Auditor

Email:  james-pitcher@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-467-0151

James Pitcher joined Internal Audit in May 2013.  He previously worked as an Auditor at the State of Iowa Auditor's Office for two and a half years.  James earned a BBA in Public Accounting, Business Administration, and German from Coe College and an MBA from the University of Iowa.  He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Lindsey Schmidt, MA                 

Auditor 

Email: lindsey-r-schmidt@uiowa.edu

Campus Address: 2100-1 UCC

Phone: 319-467-1131

Lindsey Schmidt joined Internal Audit in March 2019.  She previously worked as an Investigative Analyst in Test Security at ACT, Inc.  Lindsey earned her MA in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa and a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Coe College. 

 

Renae Miller

 

Renae Miller                     

Departmental Administrator

Email:  renae-miller@uiowa.edu

Campus Address:  2100-1 UCC

Phone:  319-335-2871                         

Renae Miller joined Internal Audit in October 2015.  She previously worked in a high school library and has 14 years of experience working for a local bank. Renae earned an AA degree from Kirkwood Community College and is working on a bachelor's degree at the University of Iowa.