In her role as the chief audit executive for Oregon State University, Patti leads a team of auditors in providing independent, objective assurance and consulting activities designed to improve an organization’s operations. The Office of Audit Services (OAS) brings a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the risk management, control, and governance processes. To ensure independence, the chief audit executive reports administratively to the president and functionally to the Executive and Audit Committee of the OSU Board of Trustees through routine communication practices.
Patti facilitates the university-wide enterprise risk management program for the board and senior leaders. The aim of this program is to evaluate and formulate appropriate mitigation strategies for mission-critical risks present in the Oregon State University environment. The OAS also seeks to continually improve the productivity of the university learning and work environment by promoting ethical practices that reinforce the university’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility.
Patti’s audit experience includes serving as chief audit executive for the Oregon University System, as well as audit positions with the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office, SAFECO Corporation, the University of Washington, and Cornell University. She is a member of various accounting, auditing, and higher education organizations including the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) serving as a presenter, in various committees and leadership roles, and as a contributing author. Patti is a recipient of ACUA’s Outstanding Professional Contributions Award recognizing her contributions to the profession of internal auditing in higher education. Patti received her bachelor of science degree in accountancy from Pennsylvania State University and her master of business administration from Colorado State University. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP), and Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP).