Patel serving as president for ACUA

Patel serving as president for ACUA

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi.

A veteran University of Southern Mississippi administrator is leading an international organization advancing best practices and procedures for auditing services in higher education.

Vijay Patel, director of the Office of Internal Audit for The University of Southern Mississippi since 2000, is president of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA). The ACUA president serves as executive officer of the organization, with duties that include enforcement of its bylaws and policies; execution of all resolutions and proceedings of ACUA and the board; and execution of all contracts other than those delegated to the executive director for the day-to-day operation of the association.

Founded in 1958, ACUA's mission is to facilitate ways to address mutual professional issues and generate new ideas and methods in the profession, while also providing resources to expand the knowledge base of its members. Patel has been involved with ACUA since 2006, beginning as a board member and later serving as its secretary/treasurer and vice president.

A native of England, Patel holds bachelor's degrees in computer science and statistics and accountancy from USM. Before taking the top post with the Office of Internal Audit, he served Southern Miss as a system design and information systems analyst from 1993-1996 and as senior internal and information systems auditor from 1996-2000.

Patel holds certifications in public accountancy (CPA), fraud examiner (CFE) and information and systems auditing (CISA). He has served on the university's Staff Council and is an honoree of the Gold Leaf Society. His son, Alkesh, a 2013 USM alumnus, is attending Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Miami.