Kimberly F. Turner
Chief Audit Executive
Kim Turner, who is a Certified Public Accountant, is the Chief Audit Executive for the Texas Tech University System. Kim leads a staff of 17 auditors in four cities with responsibility for the audit activities of the System, which includes five universities: Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Angelo State University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso and Midwestern State University.
Kim served as President of the Association of College & University Auditors (ACUA), an international association of 600 higher education institutions from the United States, Canada, and abroad. She has served many roles within ACUA, including being an inaugural Executive Sponsor for ACUA Leads, ACUA’s leadership development program. Kim was the recipient of ACUA’s Excellence in Service award in 2011 for her work on ACUA’s Risk Dictionary. She received ACUA’s Outstanding Professional Contributions award in 2014.
Kim has a long history of service in professional and philanthropic organizations, including serving as a Board Member-at-Large on the state board of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA). Kim is also one of only 38 Texas CPAs to be named a CPA Ambassador in a program jointly sponsored by TSCPA and the American Institute of CPAs. Closer to home, Kim has served as president or chair of numerous organizations, including South Plains Chapter of TSCPA, City of Lubbock Audit and Investment Committee, Lubbock Meals on Wheels, Texas Tech Federal Credit Union Supervisory Committee, and Lubbock Alumnae Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta.
Kim has served on a number of peer review teams to assess the performance of internal audit functions both inside and outside of higher education. She also serves as a frequent speaker for ACUA, TSCPA, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Texas Association of College & University Auditors, and other groups on topics including audit leadership, governance, fraud, and ethics.
After graduating from Texas Tech University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting, Kim began her career in Ernst & Young’s Dallas office. She has been an internal auditor since 1993, first with a regional restaurant chain, and then since 1997 at Texas Tech. Kim and her husband, Lane Turner, have three children.