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).

Marcos H. Braganca, CISA, CFE - Senior IT Auditor


Phone: (989) 774-7573

Marcos joined Internal Audit at Central Michigan University in October 2016. Prior to joining CMU, Marcos worked for approximately 8 years in Internal Audit, and more than twenty years in Business Processes and Information Technology at Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Brazil and Australia.


Marcos received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Northwood University (Midland), as well as an Associate Degree in Computer Technology from the Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA – Brazil).  Marcos is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner, with memberships in ISACA, ACFE, and IIA.  Marcos has also obtained certifications as SAP BW Developer and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Dawn Musser - Senior Administrative Assistant


Phone: (989) 774-7082

Dawn joined Internal Audit in June 2011.  Dawn has been with CMU for over 20 years in various departments and capacities on campus.      

Zachary Dowling

Zach joined Internal Audit as a student intern in January of 2017.  Zach is an Accounting major and will be graduating in May of 2018.  After graduation, Zach plans to obtain his CPA license and practice public accounting.  In his free time, he enjoys fishing, play​ing basketball and spending time outdoors.

Nathan Thomas

Nate joined Internal Audit as a student intern in May of 2017.  Nate is an Accounting major with an Information Systems Minor and will be graduating in May of 2018.  After graduation, Nate plans to obtain his CPA license and practice public accounting.  Nate's hobbies include running, playing basketball, and reading.

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.