University at Buffalo - Director of Internal Audit Announced

April 7, 2016

President Satish K. Tripathi  and Laura E. Hubbard, Vice President for Finance and Administration, have named Kara Kearney-Saylor the Director of Internal Audit joining Administrative Services on June 1.

Her Role

In this role, Kara will lead, develop, and manage a strategic and comprehensive risk assessment and internal audit program that supports the university’s mission, plans and goals. She will partner with campus constituents and stakeholders and serve as an internal resource to senior leaders, administrators, faculty and staff at all levels in areas of internal controls, systems implementation, risk management, compliance and operational efficiencies. She will lead the development of the university’s annual audit plan, serve as the university’s point of contact for all external audit activities and work actively with SUNY Audit and Enterprise Risk Management initiatives.


Kara has served at Boston University since 2006, where she first joined as Senior Auditor and took on progressively responsible roles, including Interim Director.  At BU, she co-chairs the university-wide Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee and Information Security Committee.  She previously served at Houghton Mifflin, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young in various audit and tax consultant roles.

She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Boston University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Accounting from Northeastern University.  She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of College and University Auditors, where she has served on the membership committee and presented at the ACUA annual conference.

“We are very excited to have Kara on our team, and I know we will benefit greatly from her experience, perspective, and collaborative approach.”

Laura E. Hubbard, Vice President of Finance and Administration