David Cutri joined UT as director of internal audit in June.
A certified public accountant, Cutri brings more than 20 years of experience and leadership ability to UT. From 2001 to 2008, he was director of internal audit for NiSource Inc./Columbia Gas Distribution Co. in Columbus. In addition, he has worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway in Fort Worth, Texas, National City Corp. in Cleveland, and Arthur Young and Co. in Pittsburgh.
“Once I learned of this position and conducted some research about UT, I became impressed with what we’re doing in sustainable energy,” Cutri remarked. “I was also interested in how UT has rebuilt itself as a strong organization in the fields of health care and higher education since the merger.”
As head of internal auditing, Cutri’s goal is to transform the department from a traditional, compliance role of “policeman” to a proactive role stressing best practices and collaboration with senior leadership.
The Erie, Pa., native earned bachelor of science in business administration degrees in accounting and management information systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and a master of business administration degree from the Case Western Reserve Weatherhead School of Management in 1990.
“People here have been so friendly and willing to help me get acclimated to the campuses and the Toledo area,” Cutri said. “I’ve worked for three Fortune 500 companies, and this has been a nice transition to a place that seems suited to my own personal work style.”
“Dave’s leadership skills, financial expertise and enthusiasm make him a good fit for UT,” said Dr. Scott Scarborough, senior vice president for finance and administration. “We cannot achieve our mission of improving the human condition without ensuring the viability of our institution from a financial perspective. Dave will be a crucial part of a plan that ensures UT’s financial success in the midst of economically challenging times.”