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, 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 Auditor

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 (CRISC)
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 University

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.

 Jacquline Evans, IT Auditor & Analyst

Began employment at Augusta University - October 2019



Shelia Joyner, Administrative Assistant

Began employment at Augusta University - October 2007
         Joined Office of Internal Audit- October 2019
Previous Augusta University work experience: Centralized Scheduling (6 years), Georgia Cancer Center (6 years). 17+ years of academic support.