University of Vermont

Board of Trustees

Audit Committee

Audit Committee

Audit Committee Charter and Guidelines

The Audit Committee is responsible for overseeing the quality and integrity of the University’s financial statements including the selection of, and effective interaction with, the independent auditor;  and promoting the development and monitoring the effectiveness of institutional systems of risk management, internal controls, accounting procedures, and compliance with laws and regulations.

The Audit Committee has full authority over the internal audit function including the appointment, evaluation, and termination of the chief internal auditor.

The Committee will review and monitor progress on annual plans for audits and related services ensuring that the plans encompass significant and material aspects of University operations;  assess the quality and timeliness of management’s response to audit findings and investigations; and  review and make recommendations to the Board regarding institutional policies relevant to the Committee’s charge, such as conflict of interest, fraudulent conduct, whistleblower protection, and documents retention.

A specification of Committee responsibilities shall be set forth in a Charter approved by the Board of Trustees. The Charter shall be revised from time to time in light of accounting industry and legal developments applicable to non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education.

The Board of Trustees shall annually appoint at least 5 of its members to the Audit Committee.  Its members shall be independent of management and the University including its component units and affiliated organizations.  Pursuant to the University Bylaws, the President shall not serve as an ex officio member of this Committee.


Shap Smith (chair)
Jodi Goldstein (vice chair)
David Aronoff
Otto Berkes
Curt McCormack
Ed Pagano
Berke Tinaz

Barbara Arel (faculty)
Susan Higgins (alumni)
Mindy Kear (staff)
Vacant (student)
Jaspreet Singh Nagi (graduate student)
Doug Hoffer (Vermont State Auditor)

Agendas & Approved Minutes

September 14 Agenda  
July 13 Agenda
April 6 Agenda
January 30 Agenda

November 4 Agenda
September 9 Agenda
July 8 Agenda
April 8 Agenda
January 31 Agenda

November 5 Agenda
September 17 Agenda
July 9 Agenda Minutes
April 6
February 1

November 6
September 11
July 10
April 24
February 2

November 7
September 12
July 11
April 25
February 4

November 9
September 14
July 13
April 27
February 20
February 5

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