Dawnetta “Dawn” Taylor, MBA, CRMA
Principal Auditor of Audit, Risk, and Compliance, Virginia Tech
Dawn has been a Principal Auditor in the Office of Audit, Risk, and Compliance since 2018, previously holding the position of Senior Auditor since 2017. She holds Certification in Risk Management Assurance, a bachelor’s degree in Business Communications from Radford University, a certificate in Human Resource Management from Villanova University, and later acquired her MBA at the University of Phoenix. At Virginia Tech, Dawn is responsible for leading and performing financial, compliance, and operational audits of campus organizations and departments.
Dawn has 20+ years of experience in audit and compliance. She began her career in the pharmaceutical industry working for Warner-Lambert and Pfizer, where she was responsible for examining operations and processes to assess compliance with government regulations, policies, and procedures, and to offer recommendations for effective quality processes, and procedures. Afterwards she started as a Senior Auditor at Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, where she planned, developed, and executed audits of operations, processes, including automated and manual systems. While at the Department of Motor Vehicles Dawn assisted in the development of the department’s risk assessment program and helped develop the Quality Assurance Review program used to audit Customer Service Center work. A few years later, Dawn began working at Radford University in the Office of Audit and Advisory Services. As a Senior Auditor at Radford University, Dawn was responsible for completion of the annual audit projects, conducting fraud, waste, and abuse investigations, providing leadership to internal audit staff, and managing the department’s internship and student worker program.
Dawn is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), the College and University Auditors of Virginia (CUAV), and an associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Dawn’s areas of expertise are:
- General Auditing (Financial and Operational)
- Fraud Prevention/Detection
- Human Resources
- Risk Management