University selects Anta Coulibaly as chief auditor

The University of Oregon has selected Anta Coulibaly to be its new chief auditor. The chief auditor is responsible for leading the Office of Internal Audit, an independent, objective assurance and consulting department designed to add value and improve university operations.

Coulibaly has 16 years of internal audit experience and is currently the director of internal audit and enterprise risk at the University of Montana where she has served since 2019. She previously served as the internal auditor at health care and retail organizations. Coulibaly earned a Master of Accountancy from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. She has a graduate certificate in applied macroeconomics from American University, is a certified internal auditor and has completed all section of the Certified Public Account exam.

As chief auditor, Coulibaly will be responsible for evaluating and identifying opportunities to improve the effectiveness of governance processes, risk management and internal controls of the institution.

“Anta’s experience with student success initiatives, research processes, and operational programs and priorities will be invaluable as she leads our university’s internal audit function,” said Steve Holwerda, board chair.

The chief auditor coordinates a range of audit functions to support the university’s needs, including creating and managing a program to deliver financial, operational, performance and compliance audits as needed. The position reports directly to the Board of Trustees and is managed administratively by the president.

Since the departure of the university’s previous chief auditor, audit responsibilities have been managed by Deloitte, a firm with expertise in audit work, including information technology, risk, governance and contract compliance.

Coulibaly will begin her new position at the UO on Aug. 1.