Nov 14, 2011
By Colleen Kiphart
Ohio University Chief Audit Executive Kathryn Gilmore will retire at the end of January. She has been with the University for 13 years and has been overseeing the University's audit function as chief audit officer since 2003.
"I worked on developing and carrying out the University's risk-based audit plan which is approved annually by the Board of Trustees," explained Gilmore. "I have been responsible for reviewing and evaluating the University's system of internal controls in order to assist in improving its governance structure. To do this effectively, I must maintain independence; Internal Audit is not a management function. However, I must also be aware of and consider the University's risks and its goals. It is sometimes a balancing act."
In her time at OHIO, Gilmore has seen her office grow in efficiency and scope. Though at one time she was the only Internal Audit employee, she now supervises a well-trained staff.
"On his arrival, President McDavis recognized the importance of the internal audit function and with his and the Board of Trustees' assistance, I was able to expand the office," she said. "I currently benefit from a three-member staff of highly experienced, certified, and educationally qualified individuals. We work collaboratively with our clients and as a result, our professional opinion is frequently sought."
Gilmore devoted much of her professional career to OHIO, in part because the University gave so much to her personally.
"I love this university! I am an Ohio University success story. I first came to the University as a faculty wife. I returned to school as a non-traditional student, uncertain about what to pursue," she explained. "With the help of terrific faculty in the College of Business, I graduated summa cum laude with accounting and business law majors. This education provided me with excellent skills that serve me daily in performing my responsibilities."
She accredits a portion of her professional accomplishments to OHIO for helping her fulfill her educational goals, President Roderick J. McDavis for seeing the importance of Internal Audit, and the Board of Trustees for consistently challenging her to rise to ever-higher occasions.
With years of fast-paced work behind her, do not expect Gilmore to take retirement lying down.
"I'm looking forward to spending time with my friends and family, particularly my husband. We are fortunate to live on a beautiful horse farm, and I want to take full advantage of that," she said. "My husband and I also have many travel plans, including trips to Hawaii and Thailand."