UWF names new associate VP, chief audit executive
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viagra wonder drug ethical responsibility of a nurse John “Vito” Hite was appointed as associate vice president and chief audit executive last month by UWF President Martha Saunders.
His position as associate vice president is responsible for internal audits, investigative and management advisory services. The role also serves as staff liaison to the UWF Board of Trustees, which requires him to remain informed and transparent when it comes to strategic and risk issues. Hite’s past experience has set him up for success here at UWF.
Hite earned a bachelor’s degree from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington, and an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.
“My first job in auditing was with the Defense Contract Audit Agency,” he said. “They’re one of the largest audit agencies in the U.S. They basically secure procurement on defense contracts and scrutinize billings for fairness.”
Hite also said he gained support from the company to secure his Certified Public Accountant title.
“They pushed the CPA exam and supported it, so I ended up working towards my CPA at night,” he said.
After a few years with the agency, he entered the corporate world with a renowned aerospace and defense company.
“My first internal audit job was with Lockheed Martin,” he said. “I worked internal corporate auditing. They also pushed the Certified Internal Auditor exam, and that’s where I learned a lot about internal auditing.”
Lockheed Martin is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company “with worldwide interests” according to its website.
Hite entered the higher educational auditing system right here in Florida.
“I spent seven years at the University of Florida, after that I entered the Nevada System of Higher Education as an audit manager, and the last three years I’ve been with the California Community College System as an audit director,” he said. “This all built up and enabled me to be a chief audit executive, which has been my goal.”
So, why UWF?
“Ultimately, my wife and I wanted to retire in Florida,” he said. “When I looked at the opening, the listing itself matched everything I had. They wanted someone with Florida university audit experience, investigative experience, audit management, supervisor experience… The position was supervising a staff of four or five, which is what I was looking for.”
Hite’s decades of experience have primed him for the position, and he’s already making plans for the future of UWF’s campus.
One of his responsibilities is to oversee the development and performance of the internal audit program, including the annual and long-range plans for the department.
“I’d like to revamp the audit approach, in terms of being collaborative with management, trying to understand their strategic risk and how our department can help them,” he said. “Other places I’ve been, there’s not a lot of collaboration with management.”
To Hite, collaboration is key. He’d like to have conversations about risk, concerns and control activities in place. The interpersonal skills mean just as much as technical auditing skills, he says.
“Right now, my number one goal is interviewing all campus management – senior executives, operational managers – to get their input,” he said. “I’ll discuss with President Saunders, get her agreement and ultimately take this input to the Board of Trustees Audit and Compliance Committee. If approved, we’ll start working on it in the two-year plan.”
All of this helps in considering areas to include in the 2020-2021 Annual Audit Plan.
“Personally, I seek to garner the respect of campus management to become a trusted advisor,” he said.