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Hillary Matthews joins university staff as associate auditor

Hillary Matthews, a certified public accountant formerly with Dixon Hughes Goodman public accounting company, has been named associate auditor for Western Carolina University.

Hillary Matthews

Matthews, a Sylva resident, will share the responsibility for on-campus audits, institutional risk assessment and compliance with federal, state and University of North Carolina System laws, regulations and policies with which the university must comply. She is an alumna with a master of accountancy degree and bachelor’s degrees in accounting and construction management.

“I look forward to assisting with the university’s needs in risk management, setting objectives and finding efficiencies,” said Matthews.

WCU’s Office of Internal Audit provides assurance and consulting services for university operations to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of governance, risk management and control processes, and is a part of the Chancellor’s Division.

“Hillary is a great addition to the team,” said Lisa Gaetano, WCU chief audit officer. “As WCU experiences growth with enrollment, programs and campus and community partnerships, the value of her role will only increase.”

For more information, contact Gaetano at 828-227-2549 or

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