Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee joined Rice in August 2022 as Director of Internal Audit. She brings over 30 years of experience in internal audit and data analytics in higher education and the financial industry. Before joining Rice, Lisa was with the University of Texas Medical Branch for two years and Southern Methodist University for over 12 years, where she served as the Audit Director.   She was a member of many risk-based committees including Corporate Compliance, Conflict of Interest, Information Security, and the Athletic Council.  She also administered the Fraud Reporting Program.  Prior to working in university settings, she served as the Audit Director at Hilltop Securities, a publicly traded full-service brokerage firm. She was responsible for developing the audit program incorporating a risk-based audit plan and providing initial support for the Sarbanes-Oxley project team.  She served on many committees, including the Disclosure and New Products Committees. 

Lisa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Art in Conflict Management Dispute Resolution at Southern Methodist University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant, Fraud Examiner, Information Systems Auditor & Security Manager, Financial Services Auditor, Compliance and Ethics Professional, Risk Management Auditor, and she previously held 8+ securities industry licenses.  She is a member of several professional organizations focused on audit and healthcare.


University of Houston, B.A. Business Administration

Southern Methodist University, M.A. Conflict Management Dispute Resolution


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