The mission of Internal Audit is to provide the State Board for Community Colleges, the chancellor and administrators of the 23 community colleges with independent and objective assurance and consulting services guided by a philosophy of adding value to improve the operations of the Virginia Community College System. Internal Audit assists the Virginia Community College System in accomplishing its objectives by bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management, control and governance processes.
The audit process is a collaborative effort. The objective is to have continued involvement at every stage, so that departments understand what we are doing and why we are doing it. The process works best when client management and the internal auditor have a solid and constructive working relationship based on clear and continuing communication.
About the Director
As Director of Internal Audit, Whit Madere reports functionally to the State Board for Community Colleges and administratively to Chancellor Glenn DuBois. He joined Virginia’s Community Colleges in July 2014.
A registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Madere was most recently assistant director in the Office of Audit and Consulting Services at the University of Texas at El Paso. He has also taught auditing as an adjunct instructor at Austin Community College, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Madere holds a MBA from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin.
Audit Services and Process
Internal Audit conducts compliance reviews, financial reviews, fraud reviews, information technology reviews and operational reviews to appraise the operations of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
Audits begin with pre-audit planning and development of scope and objectives. Entrance conferences, surveys, evaluations of strengths and weaknesses and risks, fieldwork, entrance and exit conferences, and review and follow-up on a final report are all part of the process.