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Scipio, Ross Join Columbia's Financial Leadership Team



Cheryl A. Ross

Columbia University has announced the appointment of Cheryl A. Ross as controller, effective Oct. 25, and Patricia E. Scipio as internal audit director, effective since Sept. 27.

"We are thrilled to have Cheryl Ross and Pat Scipio on board. They both will play a key role in the continuing improvement of Columbia's financial organization," said Robert Kasdin, senior executive vice president.

Cheryl Ross has been director, internal audit services for the Mayo Clinic Foundation in Rochester , Minn. , since 1999. In that position, Ross led all audit activities at the Mayo Clinic's various locations. Of note has been her focus on improving communications with senior management and board of trustees, along with reducing staff turnover and improving morale within the division. She also served as chair for the division of foundation accounting (controller role) for four years. Prior to her work at the Mayo Clinic, Ross held a number of finance positions with Washington National Insurance Company and First National Bank of Chicago and began her career with international public accounting firm KPMG Peat Marwick. Ross also taught accounting and management courses as an instructor and assistant professor at the College of Lake County and Lake Forest College in Illinois.

Ross is a CPA and a member of several professional organizations, including the AICPA, Illinois CPA Society (where she filled a number of leadership roles), and the National Association of Black Accountants. She also has been involved in a number of other civic activities, and received the YMCA Black and Hispanic Achievers Award in 1978. Ross earned a BS in Psychology and a MSM degree (concentration in Accounting) from Purdue University.

Columbia School of Business alumna Patricia Scipio is a finance professional with a breadth of experience, and most recently served as vice president, auditing for WellChoice, Inc., parent company of Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield. Scipio has also held management positions in the internal audit organizations of Texaco and Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic). She also held financial positions at NYNEX, New Jersey Transit, and Hoffmann-LaRoche, and began her career with public accounting firm Arthur Young & Company.

Scipio is a CPA and also has earned the Certified Internal Auditor designation. She is deeply dedicated to the internal audit profession, recently serving as the international treasurer for the Institute of Internal Auditors, where she has been active in many other leadership positions as well. She is a lifetime member of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., as well as a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Scipio holds a BBA in Public Accountancy from Baruch College and earned her MBA from Columbia. She recently began studies at Pace University as a doctoral candidate in the Lubin School of Business.

Scipio succeeds Ray Cochran , internal audit director at Columbia since 1981. Cochran, who was responsible for the initial establishment of the internal audit director's office at Columbia , retired Sept. 30.

"We are lucky to add Cheryl Ross and Pat Scipio to our new team at Columbia," said Al Horvath, executive vice president for finance. "Cheryl brings a wealth of experience along with a real commitment to collaboration and service, and Pat's experience in the audit field, involvement in the profession internationally, and her vision for the internal audit function will make her a great addition to the University."

Published: Sep 30, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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