United States Comptroller General David M. Walker has been named the advisory board chair of the college’s new Center for Continuous Auditing.

The goal of the newly established center is to provide a forum to identify and address the processes involved in auditing electronic information on a continuous basis, says Dean Jerry Strawser. And, he believes as the advisory board’s chair, Walker is just the person to provide direction to the center.

“Dave Walker brings the leadership and vision to the center to address the complexities of auditing today’s multitude of information stored in electronic form,” Strawser says. “The need for effective methodologies and technologies to verify the accuracy of that information has never been greater.”

As head of the U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO), Walker is the nation’s chief accountability officer. As chairman of the center’s advisory board, he will coordinate a governance structure of thought leaders from business, government, the accounting profession and professional organizations.

Discussing his role as chair, Walker stated, “Given recent public concerns regarding current financial reporting models and auditing approaches, creating a center for continuous auditing is the right thing to do and it’s the right time to do it. I look forward to working with my fellow advisory board members to help Texas A&M and the other universities that are part of this consortium make the center a success.”