LSU Alumnus Douglas Secrest Receives 2013 Sawyer Award

08/07/2013 11:10 AM

BATON ROUGE – Douglas Secrest, an accounting alumnus of the E. J. Ourso College and the LSU Center for Internal Auditing program and a native of Baton Rouge, was named by the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation as the 2013 Esther R. Sawyer Research Award winner. The award was presented at the IIA International Conference in July.

The Esther R. Sawyer Research Award is presented to individuals who are entering or who are 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.

“Writing my Esther R. Sawyer Research paper was an incredible opportunity to apply the culminated skills I acquired throughout my undergraduate career at LSU, but winning the award confirmed that LSU is truly a flagship university that provides its students with exactly what they need to be successful,” Secrest said. “This is one of my greatest personal achievements, and it would not have been possible without the consistent, superb knowledge and guidance offered in abundance from the LSUCIA faculty. Through the research, I gained an invaluable professional network that will, without a doubt, provide a lifelong successful career.”

Secrest, who earned his degree in May, was also a University Medalist and one of just two E. J. Ourso College graduates to be certified as a Distinguished Communicator from the Communication across the Curriculum program.

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.

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Wendy  Marx 
E. J. Ourso College of Business

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013