Interviews underway for new SRU Vice President of Finance

Published by adviser, Author: Jillian Wilcox - Rocket Contributor, Date: February 13, 2014

Slippery Rock University has progressed in the search for Vice President of Finance and Administrative Affairs, narrowing down the result to five candidates.

Molly Mercer, Interim Vice President for Finance and Administrative Affairs at SRU was among the candidates interviewed for the position as was Karen House, Guilbert Brown, Lisa McCauley  and Amir Mohammadi.

The university invited the candidates to campus for two days each from Jan. 27 through Feb. 14  During each candidate’s visit, presentations and open community sessions for faculty, staff and students were held.

Online response forms remain active until Monday at noon and are accessible through SRU email.  The position of Vice President of Finance and Administrative Affairs has several responsibilities and qualifications required from candidates.

The Vice President of Finance and Administrative Affairs is the chief financial officer of the University and is a key member of President Cheryl Norton’s cabinet.  In addition, the Vice President must  be able to develop and implement financial strategies, as well as ensure that budgeting processes are done effectively following best practices.

To qualify for the position, candidates must have extensive supervisory and management experience, at least seven years  of professional and progressive experience in finance or accounting, and be a licensed Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor’s degree or have a Master’s or Doctorate in a relevant field.  There will be a committee meeting held next Thursday to discuss the strengths and concerns of the candidates.

Dr. Phillip Way, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, spoke about the candidates saying he is excited about the quality of the candidates.

Although other opinions will be heard, President Norton has the final say in which candidate will be selected for the position.

“Whatever decision the President makes, Slippery Rock University will have a secure financial future,” Way said.


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