LSU Alumnus Jonathan Bayhi Receives 2012 Sawyer Award

08/20/2012 01:13 PM

BATON ROUGE – Jonathan Bayhi, an alumnus of the LSU Center for Internal Auditing and the LSU Master of Science in Accounting Program, was named by the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation as the 2012 Esther R. Sawyer Research Award winner. The award was formally announced during the 71st Annual IIA International Conference held in July, and the conference drew 3,000 attendees worldwide.


The Esther R. Sawyer Research Award is presented to individuals who are entering or enrolled in a graduate program in internal auditing or business at an IIA-endorsed internal audit program and have written a manuscript on a specified topic related to modern internal auditing.


Bayhi received the award for his manuscript, “Internal Auditing and Its Stakeholders: Aligning Perceptions, Achieving Potential,” which he submitted in March 2012 on the topic of the value internal auditors bring to an organization.


As the first place award recipient, Bayhi attended the IIA International Conference, all expenses paid, and received a $5,000 cash award. LSU was also presented with a $3,000 grant to be used for either its IIA-endorsed program or the purchase of materials related to internal auditing.


Bayhi, a native of Baton Rouge, completed the LSUCIA program in 2011, and earned his master’s degree in accounting in fall 2011. After completing the Certified Internal Auditor exam, he began working for Protiviti in Houston.


LSUCIA graduates Emily Lutz and Benton Perret also received awards for their manuscript submissions. Lutz, an LSU accounting alumna currently employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, received the second place award of $1,000, and Perret, an LSU Finance alumnus currently employed by Deloitte & Touche in Orange County, Calif., received third place.


The Esther R. Sawyer Scholarship Award was established in 2000 in memory of Esther R. Sawyer for her contribution to the internal audit profession. The Sawyer family funds the award through a generous contribution to The IIA Research Foundation. Although Esther Sawyer was not an internal auditor, her husband, Larry Sawyer, has long been recognized as the “father of modern internal auditing.” Esther was an avid proponent of internal audit curricula in colleges and universities and encouraged young people to consider pursuing a career in internal auditing.


For more information about the IIA Research Foundation, visit


The Center for Internal Auditing at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business is a multidisciplinary program with students from more than 20 different business and non-business majors that is considered the premier internal audit program in the world. LSUCIA serves as a model for similar programs in other schools and internationally and provides training to graduate and undergraduate students for developing an understanding about the internal auditing profession. For more information, visit or call 225-578-6221.

Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Monday, August 20, 2012