Instructor Biography

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Betsy Bowers, CIA, CFE, CGFM, CIG

Betsy Bowers is the Associate Vice President for Internal Auditing & Management Consulting at the University of West Florida (UWF), where she has directed internal auditing since 1993. She is also adjunct professor at UWF, teaching an upper-division course on White Collar Crime.

Ms. Bowers has worked in higher education for more than 25 years, as a grant accountant, internal auditor, and internal audit director/chief audit executive. Prior to coming to Florida, she worked in Tennessee at East Tennessee State University and Northeast State Technical Community College (NSTCC), where she launched the internal auditing function at NSTCC.

Ms. Bowers received her BBA in Accounting and her MBA from East Tennessee State University. She holds Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Inspector General (CIG) designations.

A past president of Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) chapters in Tennessee and Florida, Ms. Bowers serves on the Board for the Northwest Florida Chapter and is an instructor for IIA seminars. In 2008, the Northwest Florida chapter established the Betsy Bowers Scholarship with the University of West Florida for students desiring to pursue internal auditing careers. Two $500 scholarships are given each Fall Semester. Ms. Bowers is immediate past president of the Northwest Florida chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and serves now as the chapter secretary. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Northwest Florida InfraGard chapter, sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Infrastructure Protection Center. Ms. Bowers is a past national president of the Association of College & University Auditors (ACUA).

Recently, Ms. Bowers led the university’s financial recovery for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which affected the beaches of Pensacola, Fl. From 2005 to 2008, in addition to internal auditing, Ms. Bowers led hurricane financial recovery for the University of West Florida. As a result, she was appointed to the Florida Board of Governors’ Emergency Preparedness Taskforce, and has spoken on disaster recovery at national conferences for ACUA, IIA, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), Society for College and University Planning, Council of Higher Education Management, and Health and Educational Facilities Finance Associations.