SARASOTA -- The State College of Florida District Board of Trustees created a new five-person Audit Selection Committee consisting of three trustees and two staff members.
Trustee Eric Robinson introduced the idea Tuesday evening during the regular meeting at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E., Sarasota.
The internal auditor reports directly to the board, and Robinson said he wants to ensure the board receives any findings from the internal auditor on at least a quarterly basis -- something he said has never been done before.
"One of our main duties is fiduciary and so they're supposed to be an extension of our fiduciary responsibility as the eyes and ears of the board to make sure the staff's doing what ... they're supposed to do," said Robinson, a certified public accountant.
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He said he wants to make sure the board has an auditor with extensive experiences with community colleges and institutions of higher learning.
"Those are some things I'd like to change with the internal auditor," Robinson added.
There was some back-and-forth between Robinson and trustee Dr. Craig Trigueiro, who said the committee should consist solely of board members because the internal auditor works for the board of trustees.
"And you can have ad hoc advisers like (Julie Jakway, SCF vice president of business and administrative services) or (SCF President Carol Probstfeld) or whomever she appoints but, if it's for the board, the board should make the decision." Trigueiro said.
"I understand that, but there's a level of expertise and knowledge in working relationships that the staff has with those people," Robinson responded.
Robinson was named chairman of the committee. Trigueiro and newly re-elected board vice chairwoman Lori Moran volunteered for the committee. Probstfeld was tasked with
choosing two staff members to join the committee.
"We really need a good, rigorous audit firm and so I appreciate your interest in participating," said Jakway.
After the meeting, Robinson stressed his reason for wanting to create the Audit Selection Committee.
"I want them to do things like checking to see how long it takes to answer student questions. I want them to check to see that we're following all the financial procedures that we're supposed to," he said. "I want them to go and look at other things that the board wants them to look at."
In other action, the board approved pay raises for staff and faculty at various ranges. According to the SCF Board report, employees who make less than $40,000 are expected to receive a 3 percent increase and those who earn between $40,000 and $80,000 will receive a 2 percent increase. Employees who earn more than $80,000 will receive a 1 percent increase.
Edward Bailey was also re-elected board chairman through June 30.
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