March 11, 2013

Sara Lynn McCall, Graduate Assistant

Uyeno Earns National Auditor Certification

VALDOSTA -- Valdosta State University Staff Auditor Angela Uyeno recently attained the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) designation of Certified Internal Auditor, which is the only globally accepted certification for internal auditors and the standard by which individuals demonstrate their competency and professionalism in the internal auditing field.

The IIA is the recognized authority for the global profession of internal auditing. Candidates for its certification program must meet certain ethical, educational and experience qualifications and pass a four-part examination demonstrating a proficiency in internal auditing and an understanding of other business disciplines and management skills.

As a staff auditor with the Office of Internal Audits since January 2012, Uyeno works with stakeholders at VSU and the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents to evaluate risk exposures at VSU in relation to the effectiveness and efficiency of operations, reliability and integrity of financial and operational information, safeguarding of assets and compliance with laws, regulations and contracts.

“VSU’s Office of Internal Audits has grown substantially,” said Jeanne Severns, Uyeno’s supervisor and director of internal audits. “It is essential that VSU remains at the cutting-edge of internationally recognized standards in the internal audit profession. Attaining the designation not only demonstrates Angela’s commitment to the profession but also the commitment our team has made to the university and its culture of continuous improvement."

VSU's Office of Internal Audits collaborates with various campus groups to achieve objectives through systematic, disciplined approaches to evaluating and improving the effectiveness of operations, risk management, control and governance processes. VSU's internal auditors provide recommendations for improvement in areas where opportunities or deficiencies are identified. While management is responsible for internal controls, the internal audit activity provides assurance to management, the president and the board that internal controls are effective and working as intended.

For more information, visit the Office of Internal Audits online at or the Institute of Internal Auditors at