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Chief audit executive finalists named

Interviews will be scheduled week of Jan. 2

The search committee has identified four finalists for the chief audit executive position.

The committee is working to schedule interviews the week of Jan. 2. While no open forums for the OHIO community are being scheduled, members of the University community who have an interest in engaging with the finalists are asked to contact Becky Watts at wattsr@ohio.edu or by phone at 740-593-2573.

Candidates for the position are:

Jeffrey Davis: Davis has served as audit manager for Internal Audit at Ohio University since 2007. His responsibilities in this role include assisting the chief audit executive with the management of the University’s Internal Audit function; offering professional advice to all levels of University management; supervising two senior auditors; and assisting in the development, implementation, monitoring and completion of the annual audit plan. Prior to taking on this role, Davis was a senior auditor at Ohio University (2005-2007) and an audit manager for the State of Ohio Office of the Auditor (1993-2005). He graduated from OHIO in 1993 with a Bachelor's of Business Administration majoring in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information System Auditor and a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Nancy Haig: Haig has been director of internal audit for Aveta, Inc. since 2011. In this position, she leads the corporate internal audit function to ensure that financial, operational, IT and regulatory compliance controls are effective and efficient at headquarters and in major markets of operation, including Puerto Rico, California and Illinois. She reports the results directly to the audit committee of the company's board of directors. Prior to this role, Haig served as vice president for internal audit for Esai, Inc. (2005-2011), associate director of internal audit for KPMG, LLP (2001-2005), director of healthcare practice for PwC, LLP (1999-2001), director of forensics and litigation practice for KPMG, LLP (1999-1998), manager of compliance and internal audit services for healthcare for Besler & Company, Inc. (1997-1998) and then as manager of internal audit and compliance for Memorial Health Services (1994-1996). She graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island, N.Y. with an MBA in management and finance and from Wagner College with a BS in economics and business administration. She is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Chartered Bank Auditor, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified in Control Self Assessment, Certified Financial Services Auditor and Certified Internal Controls Auditor.

Deloris Pettis: Pettis was with Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. from 1998 to 2011, Most recently serving as director of Harvard’s PEPFAR Program Transition in the School of Public Health. Her responsibilities included serving as a member of the executive leadership team and being responsible for the execution of the transition strategy for the $70 million federally funded HIV/AIDS clinical care and services program in Tanzania and Nigeria. Prior to this position, Pettis served as Harvard’s assistant vice president for sponsored programs administration for the Office of the Vice President for Finance (2007-2009) and director of risk management and finance for the Office of the Vice President for Finance (1998-2007). Her experience outside of Harvard University includes group audit manager for Digital Equipment Corporation (1994-1998), director of internal audit for MBTA in Boston (1992-1994), and tenures with the Bank of Boston, NASDAQ and Pleat, Marwick Mitchell & Company. She has an MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans and a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Public Accountant (inactive, District of Columbia).

Tressa Ries: Ries has been a senior internal auditor at Ohio University since 2010. In this position her responsibilities include conducting financial, compliance and operational audits; performing audit techniques including identifying and analyzing evidence and documenting processes and procedures; conducting interviews with management, staff, faculty and others; and identifying audit issues and developing appropriate recommendations to strengthen controls, correct deficiencies and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing operational controls. She also served Ohio University in Financial Reporting and Analysis as an accountant from 2004-2005 and 2009-2010. Ries has worked in the fields of auditing, financial reporting, accounting and taxes since 1994. Her audit experience includes corporate internal audit for the Dayton Hudson Corporation (1998-1999) and a position as an auditor with Ernst & Young, LLP (1994-1996). She graduated from Ohio University with a M.Ed. in higher education administration and from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. with a BA in economics with a concentration in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Internal Auditor.

Current Chief Audit Executive Kathy Chambers Gilmore has announced her retirement effective Jan. 31, 2012.