Michelle Taylor was appointed as the Ethics Officer by the University President, effective December 11, 2015. She served as an Internal Auditor at Southern Illinois University from 2009 to 2015. She earned her bachelor's degree in accountancy in 1999 from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and her master's degree in business administration in 2000, also from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Prior to working at SIU, she worked for over eight years as an auditor at National Government Services in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.