In case you missed it on WFPL, I recently talked to University of Louisville Provost Shirley Willihnganz about the creation of the Associate Vice President of Audit and Compliance position.

Employees in various oversight departments are being promoted and moved around to accommodate the new office, which Willihnganz says could help prevent another situation like the recent Robert Felner scandal.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

The position links together the offices of privacy, information security and audit services, and will make sure the university is in line with internal policy and state law.

The decision to create the office comes after former Education Dean Robert Felner was sentenced to prison on charges stemming from the mismanagement of federal funds. Provost Shirley Willihnganz says the new position is not entirely a response to Felner’s actions.

“Mostly this is not a reactive set of offices, it’s a set of offices that are really out there doing training, making sure that people are aware, working with people to make sure their practices are following the rules that are out there, the rules of the university,” she says. “So some of this may be related to Felner, but frankly, some of this is what universities are doing anyway.”

Willihnganz says the new office should find the signs of trouble earlier and help the university prevent more situations like Felner’s.

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