Sharon Kurek



Sharon M. Kurek, CPA, CFE

Director of Internal Audit, Virginia Tech


Sharon has been the Director of Internal Audit at Virginia Tech since 2008. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner and holds a bachelors degree in business administration (accounting) from Mercer University. At Virginia Tech, she is responsible for developing and executing an annual and long-range audit plan for university programs and resources. She leads a team of auditors, reviews and approves the evaluation of internal controls and resulting recommendations, and provides updates of audit activities and recommendations to the Audit Committee of the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.


Sharon is an experienced leader with proven ability to promote a culture of accountability and ethical decision-making, facilitate identification and mitigation of risks to an acceptable level, and foster continuous improvement in the areas of risk management, internal control, efficiency, policy, and procedure. She strives to be a collaborative leader with an expectation of excellence and is dedicated to advancing the risk management, compliance, and auditing professions.


Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2008, she worked at University of California, Berkeley, serving in a number of roles including Manager of Controls and Accountability, Senior Auditor, and Principal Auditor. She began her professional career at the Georgia Department of Audits conducting external audits of state entities, including colleges and universities for the State of Georgia.


Sharon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Association of College and University Auditors, and the University Risk Management and Insurance Association. She has actively volunteered with Association of College and University Auditors since 2012 and is currently serving as Board Member At Large.


Sharon's areas of expertise are:

  • Audit & Fraud Awareness
  • Accounting & Auditing Updates
  • COSO
  • Data Analytics
  • Ethics
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection
  • IIA Standards
  • Internal Controls
  • Risk Assessment and Audit Planning
  • Quality Assurance Reviews

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