Institute of Internal Auditors Atlanta Chapter awards $50,000 grant to KSU's School of Accountancy
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 19, 2013) — The Atlanta Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors
(Feb 20, 2013) —
KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 19, 2013) — The Atlanta Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) has awarded $50,000
in grant funding to Kennesaw State University's School of Accountancy. The grant represents
the organization’s continued support of the University’s Internal Audit Educational
Partnership (IAEP) program with the IIA and overall activities of Kennesaw State’s
Internal Audit Center.
“We are proud to continue our association with Kennesaw State as it develops programs
that helps students prepare for the internal audit profession which in turn helps
in our State’s economic development, providing companies and organizations the ability
to recruit internal audit talent right here in Georgia,” said John Fuchko III, CIA,
CRMA, president of IIA’s Atlanta chapter. “Our organization was able to do this because
KSU demonstrates continued commitment to the Atlanta Chapter, the internal audit profession,
and the IAEP as evidenced by the implementation of a curriculum in its Master of Accounting
program that reflects many of the elements of the IIA Global Recommended Curriculum”.
KSU has gained recognition as a leader in the field of internal auditing, which refers
to a systematic approach that firms and organizations use to evaluate and improve
operations, internal controls, governance and risk management.
“We thank the Atlanta Chapter of the IIA for their support,” said Kathryn Epps, director
of the School of Accountancy. “The field of internal auditing provides excellent career
opportunities to students in the School of Accountancy, and our internal auditing
curriculum and other initiatives will be greatly enhanced by the Chapter’s investment.”
The Coles College of Business established the Internal Audit Center in 2008, one year
after it started offering internal audit courses. The Atlanta Chapter of the IIA played
a key role in launching the center and has worked closely with the School of Accountancy
in developing the internal audit curriculum. KSU students who have taken internal
audit courses have earned internships at organizations such as the Board of Regents,
Georgia Pacific, Mohawk Industries, PRGX, Suntrust, UPS, and WellStar.
“Through our partnership with the Atlanta Chapter of the IIA, we have increased our
profile among industry leaders by working to ensure that our programs are relevant
to the issues facing those in the internal auditing field,” said Richard Clune, director
of KSU’s Internal Audit Center. “This grant is a testament to the benefits of our
partnership, to the work we have done to date and to the future of what we can accomplish
This is the second time the Atlanta Chapter of the IIA has awarded funding to Kennesaw
State’s School of Accountancy. In early 2012, the Chapter matched a $50,000 grant
from the Internal Auditing Academic Advancement Fund for curriculum development.
“Kennesaw State’s IAEP program has exceeded the expectations of our 2006 Strategic
Plan to have an IAEP program here in Georgia. KSU was and is our partner in going
from no focused internal audit education to the top 40 colleges and universities in
the world. Their efforts in this regard and enthusiasm helped us in being selected
to host the IIA International Conference in 2010 that had a $3 million economic impact
to the State. Now being able to give back to KSU makes us feel good,” said Bill Mulcahy,
CIA, CPA, Chairman of the Atlanta Chapter’s Board of Governors from 2006 to 2010.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80
graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and
nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University
System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with
a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.