Chief Audit Executive
Lisa Lee joined Rice in August 2022 as Director of Internal Audit. She brings over 30 years of experience in internal audit and data analytics in higher education and the financial industry. Before joining Rice, Lisa was with the University of Texas Medical Branch for two years and Southern Methodist University for over 12 years, where she served as the Audit Director. She was a member of many risk-based committees, including Corporate Compliance, Conflict of Interest, Information Security, and the Athletic Council. She also administered the Fraud Reporting Program. Before working in university settings, she served as the Audit Director at Hilltop Securities, a publicly traded full-service brokerage firm. She was responsible for developing the audit program incorporating a risk-based audit plan and providing initial support for the Sarbanes-Oxley project team. She served on many committees, including the Disclosure and New Products Committees.
Lisa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Art in Conflict Management Dispute Resolution at Southern Methodist University. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Fraud Examiner, Information Systems Auditor & Security Manager, Financial Services Auditor, Compliance and Ethics Professional, Risk Management Auditor, and previously held 8+ securities industry licenses. She is a member of several professional organizations focused on audit and healthcare.
Senior Internal Auditor
Lolita joined Rice's Office of Internal Audit in November 2007. As an internal auditor, she assists the Director of Internal Audit in the performance of internal audits as prescribed in the audit plan. She provides an independent and objective evaluation of various risk-based topics related to financial and operational business activities.
Lolita began her career in internal audit in 1997 with the Houston Independent School District, where she served as an Audit Manager focusing on compliance audits, data analysis, assessment of internal controls, and special investigations to determine fraud and/or non-compliance with prescribed policies and procedures. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from Texas Southern University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Government Auditing Professional.
Lolita was selected to participate in the second cohort of the Training Enables a Manager's Success (TEAMS) program. She has been an active member of the Rice community. She served as a member of the Staff Advisory Committee and its sub-committees (Staff Development and RiceFest) for several years. She also served as a COVID -19 contact tracer during the first year of the pandemic.