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Christine M. Smith

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Christine is a principal in our higher education and risk advisory services practices and has been with Baker Tilly since 1998. She has advised clients for more than fifteen years on innovative solutions to enhance organizational effectiveness and ensure the appropriate level of compliance, transparency, and efficiency. Christine has extensive experience managing performance and program audits, strategic planning, resource optimization (budget reduction), organizational and operational analysis, and human resource management initiatives. Her work in risk management spans overall internal audit organizational effectiveness assessments, internal controls reviews, and sponsored research operations assessments. She has served traditional four-year and research universities, private colleges, community and technical colleges, and university extensions.


  • Clients include the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-System, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, Georgetown University, Pima Community College, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America seminary system, and several private liberal arts institutions
  • For higher education institutions, Christine has directed several key management consulting projects, including: internal control framework design; internal controls reviews; performance audits; strategic planning; structural deficit reversal planning; financial, student service, and administration process reengineering and organizational restructuring; benchmarking and best practice reviews; and pre-ERP implementation process reengineering, task realignment, and risk assessment
  • Conducts reviews to enhance controls, ensure appropriate reporting, and improve governance effectiveness
  • Performs focused assessments of internal audit and control roles, processes, and technology to position operations for enhanced accountabilities, decreased liabilities, and improved reporting and decision-making
  • Evaluates efforts for diverse operations such as financial, internal audit, academic, and institutional support to re-engineer processes, enhance the use of technology, and ensure responsive service delivery at lower costs.
  • Implements budget reductions/revenue enhancements and articulating the cost/benefit of specific enhancements
  • Assesses strategic financial position to ensure accurate understanding of key fiscal condition; working with executives, governing bodies, and technical managers to identify and prioritize action plans
  • Presents and trains on the topics of affordability, revenue enhancement, risk management, and strategic resource alignment


  • National Colleges and Business Officials Association
  • Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Speaks on management, operations, performance, and human resource issues at national and local industry conferences
  • Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Board of Directors (2012–present)


University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Bachelor of Business Administration-magna cum laude

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Concentration in Public Program Evaluation

Continuing Education

Six Sigma coursework
Baker Tilly leadership training
UW School of Business-Strategic Formulation and Implementation Leadership Series