Outstanding Service Award

Sharon Dowen

Internal Auditor

Shawon DowenSharon Dowen is a woman of courage.

Dowen, director of Internal Audit, is an investigator whose duty to "keep the institution out of trouble" occasionally gets university employees into trouble. It is not unusual for the auditing function to meet resistance and suspicion. Hers is a tough and thorny job, one that demands strict confidentiality and careful sensitivity.

Yet through her mental strength, personal integrity, positive attitude and hard-earned credibility, she is widely respected and uniformly well-liked.

"She has been involved in difficult situations where employees have misappropriated funds/assets," said Abby Chemers, associate director for budget and planning in Finance and Facilities. "I have seen her appeal to managers to implement better procedures and policies to protect the university. In this awkward role, Sharon has earned much respect and developed life-long friendships."

Dowen is also a strong advocate of raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.

She trained vigorously for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day walk, completed the 60 miles and raised more than $7,000 for research as her friends cheered.

One of NIU's "25 Amazing Women," Dowen is also an exemplary supervisor and role model for her staff. She assisted with the implementation of PeopleSoft and helped develop and present workshops on cash handling, managing cash operations and even effective meetings.

She also serves on the Gurler Heritage Association, delivers Meals on Wheels and is active in her church.

Sharon Dowen is a woman of courage.

Dowen, director of Internal Audit, is an investigator whose duty to "keep the institution out of trouble" occasionally gets university employees into trouble. It is not unusual for the auditing function to meet resistance and suspicion. Hers is a tough and thorny job, one that demands strict confidentiality and careful sensitivity.

Yet through her mental strength, personal integrity, positive attitude and hard-earned credibility, she is widely respected and uniformly well-liked.

"She has been involved in difficult situations where employees have misappropriated funds/assets," said Abby Chemers, associate director for budget and planning in Finance and Facilities. "I have seen her appeal to managers to implement better procedures and policies to protect the university. In this awkward role, Sharon has earned much respect and developed life-long friendships."

Dowen is also a strong advocate of raising money and awareness for breast cancer research.

She trained vigorously for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day walk, completed the 60 miles and raised more than $7,000 for research as her friends cheered.

One of NIU's "25 Amazing Women," Dowen is also an exemplary supervisor and role model for her staff. She assisted with the implementation of PeopleSoft and helped develop and present workshops on cash handling, managing cash operations and even effective meetings.

She also serves on the Gurler Heritage Association, delivers Meals on Wheels and is active in her church.