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Chris Butler named University’s chief audit executive

November 11, 2021

Butler, whose appointment is effective immediately, has been with the University for the last 15 years.

Chris Butler, who has been serving as interim executive director of the Office of University Audit since August, has been named chief audit executive at the University of Rochester following a nationwide search. Interim Senior Vice of President Administration and Finance and CFO Elizabeth Milavec announced Butler’s appointment, which is effective immediately.

Chris Butler has been named the University’s chief audit executive. (Photo provided)

Butler has been with University Audit for the last 15 years and, prior to assuming the interim leadership role in August, was the office’s senior audit manager. He is a certified public accountant with experience in accounting and auditing, enterprise risk management, higher education and health care, and corporate SOX compliance.

“Chris’s deep knowledge of the institution, strong collaborative relationships that he has fostered, and his deep technical skillset made him the standout candidate in the search process. I know he will serve the University well in this critical role,” said Milavec.

The chief audit executive leads a comprehensive audit program covering the University’s entire mission in education, research, and patient care. The role is charged with maintaining awareness of a broad array of industry trends and standards to be able to provide proactive partnerships as regulations change and risks evolve.

As a unit of Administration and Finance, and with reporting responsibility to the University’s Board of Trustees Audit and Risk Assessment Committee, University Audit includes 15 full-time auditors and coordinates internal audits and activities with external auditors, as well as assurance resources to assess risks, analyze controls, and ensure that business practices are efficient and compliant with University and regulatory policies. The internal audit function spans the University and its health care affiliates and relies upon cross-functional teams to identify and mitigate risks across the health care, higher education, and administrative units and to ensure strong internal controls are being maintained. University Audit also performs operational reviews of departments or units; reviews of departments for incoming chairs; faculty practice reviews; financial reviews; reviews of information systems areas controls; and fraud investigations.

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