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Internal auditor and assistant registrar join APSU

7/9/2001
July 9, 2001

A new internal auditor and a new assistant registrar have joined Austin Peay State University. In addition, several employees have been promoted, received title changes or moved into different jobs at the University. Jackie Struckmeyer is the new internal auditor, and Laura Case, the new assistant registrar.

A 1980 Clarksville High School graduate, Struckmeyer is the daughter of Elizabeth Downs and Frank Downs, both of Clarksville. She received her bachelor's of business administration degree with an accounting concentration in 1994 from Troy State University, Troy, Ala. She most recently worked as a public accountant for Rayburn, Betts and Bates, P.C., CPAs of Nashville. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

As internal auditor, she reviews the accounting and financial operations of the University by making recommendations involving improved contols, systems and procedures, as well as checking compliance with APSU and Tennessee Board of Regents policies and guidelines.

"Internal auditing requires a different focus than what I was accustomed to in public accounting," Struckmeyer said. "I have found that I have to re-acquaint myself with that focus as well as the academic setting. It is a challenge I enjoy."

When Struckmeyer first began college, she was interested in the medical field. She enjoyed her first accounting class, but left school to take a full-time job. While in Germany, she worked as a field representative for the University of Maryland and enjoyed the academic environment.

The job at APSU allows her to combine her enjoyment of the academic environment with her love of accounting. Struckmeyer wants to work on her master's degree in higher education administration. In her spare time, she likes outdoor activities, and often can be found roller-blading with her 10-year-old son, Gage. "Austin Peay has a bright future, and a lot of the people I've met are dedicated to their positions, the University and community," she said. "Everything I see is positive."

Case didn't have to go far for her new job. She spent the past 10 years at Miller-Motte Business College in Clarksville. She began as accounting instructor and worked her way up to dean of student services and dean of education. Supervising registrar activities was part of her job.

She graduated magna cum laude from APSU in 1987 with a bachelor's of business administration degree with an accounting concentration. She received her master's degree in counseling from Murray State University in 1990.

Working at APSU has been her goal for some time. She applied for the same job several years ago, but the position was eliminated for budget reasons. "It was meant to be," she said when she learned the position was being funded.

Originally from Orange County, Calif., Case has been in Clarksville since 1983. "I plan to stay at Austin Peay until I retire," she said, "and that won't be soon. I just love the education environmentóI was a non-traditional student when I came here, and I love helping non-traditional students." While working on her master's degree, her thesis focused on non-traditional students. She said, "I found that non-traditional students were more motivated and more successful in their classes than first-time freshmen," she said. "I think that's because first-time freshmen have not been out in the world to see what their choices are. Non-traditional students realize how important it is to succeed."

A member of the the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, Case also is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Laurel Wreath, Gamma Beta Phi and Chi Sigma Iota.