Internal Audit evaluates Nashville State Community College’s efficiency and effectiveness by conducting audits in accordance with Tennessee Board of Regents policy and guidelines along with state and federal guidelines. Internal Audit contributes to ensuring the proper management and reporting of funds, and the safeguarding of institutional resources.
Patricia Feller, Internal Auditor
The mission of internal auditing is to review the reliability and integrity of information, compliance with policies and regulations, and the processes for safeguarding of assets, as well as to make suggestions for improvements in operating efficiencies and internal controls.
Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve the organization’s operations. It helps an organization accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.
The Office of Internal Audit reports directly to the President of Nashville State Community College and to the Audit Committee of the Tennessee Board of Regents through the Director of System-wide Internal Auditing. This organizational structure maintains the department’s independence and promotes broad audit coverage.
Patricia Feller, Internal Auditor, 615-353-3572
Patty joined Nashville State Community College in 2003 as an instructor in the Computer Accounting program, and was promoted to Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor status within a few years. Patty left the classroom in 2013 when she became Nashville Stat’s Internal Auditor. Patty earned a Masters in Accounting from the University of South Florida in 1980 and was awarded the designation of Certified Public Accountant in 1987, Certified Internal Auditor in 2004, and Certified Fraud Examiner in 2006.
B.A., University of South Florida, 1977
M.Acc., University of South Florida, 1980
Certified Public Accountant, 1987
Certified Internal Auditor, 2004
Certified Fraud Examiner, 2006
Professional internal auditors adhere to the guidance set forth in the Code of Ethics and the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing as defined by the Institute of Internal Auditors, a worldwide organization dedicated to providing certification, research, and technological guidance for the profession.
Unless otherwise specified, the IIA standards shall govern all activities of the Office of Internal Audit. These activities include internal audits, management advisory services, and office administration. All assignments are to be performed in compliance with the IIA Standards of Independence and Professional Proficiency.