About Us


Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization's operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control and governance processes.

The Office of Internal Audit, formerly the Division of Internal Audits, is responsible for the enterprise internal audit services. Our office serves the Augusta University and AU Health System in its efforts to manage risks, controls and governance to ensure achievement of management goals and objectives.

At Augusta University, the Chief Audit Officer reports to the President, but works with all of the enterprise leaders on a daily basis. This reporting structure maintains the department’s independence, promotes broad audit/review coverage, and enhances consideration of audit recommendations.

The Office of Internal Audit staff includes a Chief Audit Officer, Associate Director, Audit Manager and a mix of Senior and staff auditors, and an administrative assistant. Below is a brief professional profile of each of our office staff members.

Professional Staff Profiles

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Clay Sprouse, Chief Audit Officer

Began employment at Augusta University - November 2012

Previously directed the internal audit departments for BI-LO LLC in Greenville, South Carolina, Morris Communications Company and Savannah River Remediation in Augusta, Georgia. He has a proven track record with over 25+ years of experience in audit, finance, compliance and risk management across various industries to include state, local and federal government, higher education, retail and communications

Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor

BS (Accounting) Augusta State University, MBA, Augusta State University

   
Crystal Corey

Crystal Corey, Audit Manager

Began employment at Augusta University – May 2001
Previously an internal auditor with the Board of Regents, University System of Georgia (1998-2001), 14+ years auditing experience

Certified in Control Self-Assessment

BS (Finance) Augusta State University

 

Sheryl Brown

Sheryl Brown, Information Systems Auditor

Began employment at GRMC as an IT auditor – November 2005
Previously with the Thermal Ceramics/Morgan LTD as IT project manager, Applications Manager, additional IT professional positions, 32+ years professional IT experience, 6+ years IT auditing experience

Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk & Information Control (CRISC)
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified Data Processor (CDP)

BS (Mathematics) Augusta State University                                    

Will Barnes

Will Barnes, Senior Auditor

Began employment at Augusta University - January 2008
Previously with the South Carolina Department of Revenue (retired) as Tax Auditor, Audit Supervisor, Regional Audit Manager; 32+ years professional auditing experience

Certified Public Manager (SC)

BS (Business Administration) Baptist College at Charleston (Charleston Southern University)

Rufus Copeland

Rufus Copeland, Senior Auditor

Began employment at Augusta University - October 2007
Previous Augusta University work experience - Office of Clinical Investigative Services & Controller's Division, 6+ years of professional accounting experience

BS (Business Administration) Augusta University, MBA (Business Administration) Augusta University

                                                                                                                                                                       


Chastan

Chastan Owens, Auditor Assistant

Began employment at Augusta University - September 2008: joined Office of Internal Audit - February 2017.  Previous Augusta University work experience: Heart & Cardiovascular Center (6 years), Hospital Epidemiology (2 years).   Currently working on MBA.

Certified Associate in Project Management
Six Sigma Green Belt - Certified (SSGBC)
Project Management - Lean Process Certified (PM-LPC)
Total Quality Management Professional Certified (TQMP)
Lean Six Sigma Champion - Certified (LSSCC)

BA (Communications, Marketing) - University of South Carolina Aiken

Lisa Kedigh

Lisa Kedigh, Administrative Assistant III

Began employment at Augusta University - September 1990 Joined Office of Internal Audit - Sept 2006
Previous Augusta University work experience: College of Nursing (16 years), 26+ years of administrative support experience.  Currently pursuing a management degree at Augusta University.