Peter M. Hughes, Ph.D., was appointed Director of Internal Audit by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in July of 1999. As Director of Internal Audit for the County of Orange, Dr. Hughes presently serves on the Information Systems Audit Advisory Committee and is the administrator of the Orange County Audit Oversight Committee.
Dr. Hughes acquired his doctorate in education at Oregon State University in 1990 and his MBA at the University of California Riverside. Additionally, he is a Certified Public Accountant and licensed in the states of California and Oregon. His other active credentials include Certified Information Technology Professional, Certified Internal Auditor, and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Along with his government internal auditing experience, Dr. Hughes served as the Director of Internal Audit for both California Institute of Technology and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where he wrote the instructional tool for Internal Controls and Risk Assessment. At the Oregon State System of Higher Education, Dr. Hughes served as Chairperson for the Association of College and University Auditors’ Quality Assurance Committee and authored and assisted in the development of the Quality Assurance Review Handbook. In his private sector experience, Dr. Hughes was the Corporate Manager of General Accounting for Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and Senior Auditor at Arthur Anderson.
In addition to his current position as Director of Internal Audit for the County of Orange, Dr. Hughes develops instructional tools in the field of internal auditing and speaks at professional conferences.