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John Fuchko Named Chief Audit Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for University System

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Atlanta — December 4, 2009

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John M. Fuchko III has been appointed chief audit officer and associate vice chancellor of Internal Audit for the University System of Georgia (USG) by Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., effective Dec. 1.

Fuchko, who joined the staff of the University System’s Office of Internal Audits in July 2006, has been serving in the office’s lead position on an interim basis since it was vacated last spring by former Chief Auditor Ron Stark, who accepted a position at a university in Saudi Arabia.

“John Fuchko is a great example of leadership development within our System,” Chancellor Davis said. “First, he was a student leader. Now, he is a University System of Georgia leader and also a military leader. He is yet another example of the vast talent and depth of experience we have in the University System. Over time, his work will change the way the University System approaches the management of enterprise-wide risks.”

Before being named interim chief audit officer and associate vice chancellor, Fuchko served for nearly two years as the System’s assistant director of compliance, a position in which he oversaw the University System’s compliance program, Enterprise Risk Management Initiative and the development of the USG’s ethics policy. He was appointed to this position just one year after having been hired as auditor-in-charge in the Office of Internal Audits in July 2006. The latter position entailed leading audit teams responsible for conducting internal audits of the USG and overseeing the training of audit staff.

Fuchko has also spent time in the business world, having served as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network and director of planning and budget for a small manufacturer.

He is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. [Lean Six Sigma is a process-improvement technique that stresses effectiveness and efficiencies.]

Fuchko is also a captain in the Georgia Army National Guard, where he commands Charlie Company of the 221st Military Intelligence Battalion in the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. He served as a military intelligence officer in Iraq during 2005-2006 and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

Fuchko is a product of the University System, having earned his undergraduate degree in political science magna cum laude from Kennesaw State University (2000) and an MBA in management from Georgia State University (2003). While at Kennesaw State, he edited the student newspaper, served as vice president and president of the Student Government Association and chaired the USG’s Student Advisory Council to the Board of Regents in 1999-2000. He was named Kennesaw State’s Student of the Year that same year and was invited to speak at the university’s Spring 2000 Commencement and Fall 2006 Convocation.

Fuchko has been on the board of the KSU Alumni Association since 2004 and is currently its first vice president. He also served as a board member and treasurer at The HOPE Center in Woodstock, Ga., from 2004 to 2008.

He and his wife, Sherie, have six children and live in Kennesaw, Ga.

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