Eloy R. Alaniz Jr., a Weslaco native, was recently chosen to lead The University of Texas-Pan American's Office of Internal Audits.
Alaniz, who began his duties as director Feb. 1, started his UTPA career in 2001 as an internal auditor and then in 2006 was named assistant audit director under Mike Chrissinger, who retired Jan. 31 after 12 years of service to UTPA.
"My goal is to make the internal audits office transparent, more marketable, and more proactive, as well as continue to support the internal audits staff in achieving their professional goals," Alaniz said.
Alaniz is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)- Licensed in Texas, a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and a Certified Information Systems Auditor. James Langabeer, UTPA vice president for Business Affairs, said Alaniz's certifications attest to his qualifications for the position.
"Eloy has the confidence of this administration because he has worked with all the executives and has received the praises of the UT System audit director for several years," Langabeer said. "The fact that he recently volunteered to educate himself to the extent that he passed the Certified Information Security Examination demonstrates his willingness to assume new responsibilities to prepare himself for this position."
As director of internal audits Alaniz is responsible for providing the president of the University with information about the adequacy and effectiveness of the University's system of internal administrative and accounting controls and the quality of operating performance as compared with established standards. The Office of Internal Audits conducts independent and objective reviews to examine and evaluate activities Alaniz said. The office also conducts financial, compliance, operational and information technology audits. In addition, the office performs consulting, advisory and investigative services to UTPA departments and offices.
"We are a service organization providing support to UTPA in its mission. We are here to assist management in achieving its goals and work in collaboration with management to enhance accountability at all levels of the University. My department includes a staff of highly-skilled individuals that will work with you to add value to your organization," he said.
In his new position, Alaniz will oversee four full-time auditors, one full-time support staff, and one audit assistant. He said as of Jan. 15 all UTPA auditors were certified, which is a major achievement for the individuals and the University. The UTPA auditors have all been certified as CPA's, CIA's and Certified Government Auditing Professionals.
"The University as a whole will benefit because of these experienced auditors. The certifications demonstrate the auditors' proficiency and competency in the area of internal audits. For the office, it means that we continue to provide opportunities for professional development and that internal audits at UTPA is, in my opinion, top notch," he said.
Alaniz graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors - San Antonio Chapter, and Information Systems Audit Control Association.