Chief Auditor

The University of Minnesota is seeking its next Chief Auditor, an important systemwide senior leadership role reporting to the Board of Regents with additional oversight and guidance from the President. With assistance from AGB Search, the University seeks an exceptional, forward-thinking leader with absolute and unquestionable integrity, as well as a deep understanding of and appreciation for the mission of the University and its importance both locally and globally.  


The Chief Auditor is responsible for directing the University- wide Internal Audit function, which assesses the extent to which the University’s risks are appropriately identified and managed; important financial, managerial, and operating information is accurate, reliable, and timely; resources are acquired economically, used efficiently and adequately protected; and significant legislative and regulatory issues impacting the University are recognized and addressed appropriately. They develop a flexible internal audit plan using appropriate risk-based methodology and provide regular status updates as well as report significant issues relating to the processes for controlling University activities, including potential improvements to those processes. In addition, the Chief Auditor leads an audit staff with the knowledge, skills, and experience to provide a high level of professional audit service to the University. 


The University of Minnesota, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the flagship campus and one of five campuses in the nation with an engineering school, medical school, law school, veterinary medicine school, and agricultural school all on one campus. The University is proud of its land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach. 


It is required that the successful candidate have a CIA, CPA, CISA, MBA or other advanced degree or professional certification. The individual is expected to have at least 15 years of relevant experience, with five or more years of internal audit experience. Preferably, the next Chief Auditor will have experience leading in higher education across a large, diversified, decentralized, highly regulated, multi-unit organization, as well as managerial experience in auditing or consulting. 


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:  


All inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the applicant’s expressed permission.  Inquires and nominations may also be mailed to  


Please visit our profile to view more detailed information about this position. Additional information about the University of Minnesota is available at: 


This search is being supported by AGB Search – inquiries and nominations are welcomed by:


Dr. Margaret Plympton, Principal, AGB Search 

C: 484.554.4542


Dr. Oscar Page, Executive Search Consultant, AGB Search 

C: 903.870.8303


The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 

Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University of Minnesota, 274 McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455, (612) 624-9547, Website at 

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