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, 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
Clay Sprouse, Interim Vice President for Audit, Compliance, Ethics and Risk Management
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
BS (Accounting) Augusta State University, MBA, Augusta State University
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), 19+ years auditing experience
Certified in Control Self-Assessment
BS (Finance) Augusta State University
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
Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), Certified Data Processor (CDP)
BS (Mathematics) Augusta State University
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, 5+ years
of professional internal auditing experience.
BS (Business Administration) Augusta University, MBA (Business Administration) Augusta
London Smith, Auditor
Began employment at Augusta University – April, 2015
Previously with the Augusta University, Business Office and the University of Georgia,
Office of Student Financial Aid, 4+ years professional accounting experience
BS (Accounting) Augusta University
MPA (Public Administration) Augusta University
Lisa Kedigh, Departmental Self-Assessment Auditor
Began employment at Augusta University - September 1990
Joined Office of Internal Audit - Sept 2006
Previous Augusta University work experience: College of Nursing (16 years), 27+ years
of administrative support experience.
Currently pursuing a management degree at Augusta University.
Vacant, Administrative Assistant