Internal Audit Staff

Scott M. Strong, CPA, CIA - Director

Phone: (989) 774-2317

As the Director of Internal Audit at Central Michigan University, Scott is responsible for managing a comprehensive program of internal auditing within the university in conducting or co-sourcing financial, compliance, operations and information system audits, as well as consulting and special project engagements.  He reports functionally to the Audit Committee of the Board of Trustees and administratively to the University President.

Prior to joining Central Michigan University in June, 2015, Scott had over 30 years of experience in financial, compliance, operational and information technology audits.  He was previously employed at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan as the Director of Corporate and IT Audit and Advisory services and the State of Michigan Office of the Auditor General as the Deputy Auditor General and Director of Audit Operations.

Scott is a graduate of Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  He previously served on the Executive Committee of the Midwestern Intergovernmental Audit Forum.  Scott is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MICPA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Mary Beth Leininger, CPA, CIA - Senior Auditor

Phone: (989) 774-7083

Mary Beth joined Internal Audit in November 2004, having been in public accounting for over 2 years. Mary Beth received her Bachelor of Professional Accountancy from Saginaw Valley State University, and also received her Bachelor of Science from CMU, majoring in Business Administration and Mathematics. Mary Beth serves on the Board for the Lansing Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA).

Dawn Musser - Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: (989) 774-7082

Dawn joined Internal Audit in June 2011.  Dawn has been with CMU for over 18 years in various departments and capacities on campus.      

Tom Rodriguez - Student

Tom joined Internal Audit as a student/intern in January of 2015.  He is an accounting major and is graduating in December 2015.  After graduation he plans on continuing his education and obtaining a CPA license.  In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing football, basketball, baseball, and hockey.

Internal Audit is involved in various professional organizations:

Internal Audit supports the Lansing Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). We attend their chapter meetings and annual seminar to learn about topics related to internal auditing.


CMU is a member of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), an international professional organization dedicated to the practice of internal auditing in higher education.


CMU is a member of The Americas' SAP Users' Group (ASUG), an independent, not-for-profit organization of SAP customer companies and eligible third-party vendors and consultants. Internal Audit attended the 2008 ASUG conference and is a member of the internal controls and security process group.



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