UO hires Trisha Burnett as chief auditor

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University of Oregon President Michael Schill named Trisha Burnett as the new chief auditor for the UO Office of Internal Audit, the university announced on Friday.

“The chief auditor’s job is to help make sure the institution is running efficiently according to the budget,” UO spokesperson Laura McGinnis said.

Burnett will report to Schill and the UO Board of Trustees, ensuring an improvement in risk management among many duties along ethical lines, McGinnis said. The function of the role is to provide an independent, advisory service that drives forward improvement to the operations of the UO.

“Audits will be conducted with objectivity, transparency, fairness and in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards,” McGinnis said in an email.

The UO Board of Trustees approved an internal audit charter, a guiding document for the Office of Internal Audit, in September 2014. The Executive and Audit Committee then amended the charter in June 2015.

Burnett has 15 years of professional experience, including auditing roles with the North Carolina Office of the State Auditor, the North Carolina community college system and University of North Carolina-Asheville. She has held the interim role of UO chief auditor since November of last year.

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