Sowinski Named Director of Internal Auditing At Western Illinois University
MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Michael Sowinski, former vice president, Internal Audit at OSF HealthCare in Peoria (IL) has been named director of Internal Audit at Western Illinois University.
Sowinski served as the vice president at OSF HealthCare from 2016-2020. In that role, he developed, directed and oversaw the enterprise Internal Audit Program, the Specialized Compliance Audit Program and the Compliance Project Management function. Sowinski built the
first Internal Audit department and was a key member in the development and execution of the Enterprise Risk Assessment, focusing on high-risk areas that reflect the priorities of management strategic plans and the business objectives of the healthcare system.
Previous to that, he served as an internal audit director for CHAN Healthcare (now Crowe Healthcare Risk Consulting) in Bellevue, WA and Springfield (IL) from 2001-2016. He has also served as the controller/vice president of finance for PacificSource Health Plans in Springfield, OR from 1988-2000 and as a staff auditor for Kernutt Stokes LLP in Eugene, OR from 1986-1988.
A certified public accountant, Sowinski earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Oregon.
“We welcome Michael to our team, and are pleased that he will lead our internal auditing division. His expertise and experience will serve WIU well,” said WIU President Guiyou Huang.
The director of Internal Auditing serves a five-year term from the date of appointment. The director plans and carries out audits required by law for the University, including revenues, expenditures, grants and contracts, accounts payable, travel, property control, student financial systems, payroll, human resources, ADA and Affirmative Action, HIPPA, purchasing, and computerized information systems; maintains an appropriate audit schedule for operational audits, financial audits of major University entities, including the Beu Health Center, Facilities Management, OPS, Parking Services, University Union operations, UHDS, CAIT, Visual Production Center, Printing Services; and tests new information systems for appropriate internal controls and security. The director also conducts all external audits of the University between the Auditor General’s Office and the OAG’s contracted audit firm.