Dick Dawson is retiring from UTSA after 24 years of service

Dick Dawson is retiring from UTSA after 24 years of service

Dick Dawson

(May 15, 2017) -- J. Richard (Dick) Dawson, institutional chief audit executive at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is retiring on May 31 after 24 years of service to UTSA and more than 35 years in the internal auditing profession. Among his accomplishments at UTSA are the growth and promotion of the Office of Auditing and Consulting Services as well as the evolution and enhancement of the Office of Institutional Compliance.

He started his career as a gas accountant/auditor before joining UT System in the UT System Audit Office in 1981. He is a certified public accountant, certified internal auditor and holds the certification in risk management assurance. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas State University.

Dawson assisted the UT System Audit Office in many initiatives over the years and was seen as a leader and point of contact for other chief audit executives both in the UT System and across the nation.

Dawson is held in high regard by members of the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), the premier professional organization for internal auditors in higher education. Dawson is a past president of ACUA, was co-chair of the ACUA Risk Dictionary Committee, served as an executive sponsor of the ACUA leadership development program and was a recurring speaker at ACUA conferences. He also earned the prestigious ACUA Member Excellence in Service award and ACUA's Outstanding Professional Contribution award.

Paul Tyler will be appointed interim chief audit executive effective June 1st. Tyler has been an integral part of the internal audit leadership team for many years.

The UTSA community is invited to celebrate Dawson's service to UTSA at a retirement reception on Thursday, May 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Business Building (BB 2.06.04).

Dawson plans to travel in his Airstream and enjoy his Port Aransas oasis with his wife, Susan, who is also retiring after several years as an elementary school teacher. The Dawsons have two sons and three grandchildren, with one more on the way.


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