Vice President for Finance
Lawrence University, a nationally ranked liberal arts college
and conservatory of music that serves 1,500 students on its
beautiful campus in Appleton, Wisconsin, invites nominations and
applications for the position of Vice President for Finance and
Administration (VPFA). As the Chief Financial Officer of the
University, the next Vice President will serve as a key strategic
partner to Lawrence’s new and innovative President during an
exciting period of renewal and reinvention for the University.
Reporting directly to the President, the Vice President for
Finance works to create a culture of responsible stewardship of
institutional resources. The Vice President must align financial
and administrative procedures with the University’s objectives and
establish systems to ensure congruence between the University’s
expenditures and student needs. The Vice President oversees the
areas of finance, human resources, information technology,
facilities, campus services, and university counsel. Reporting to
the VPFA are the directors of campus services, facility services,
human resources, and information technology services; the associate
vice president of financial services; and university counsel. The
VPFA oversees a staff of 128 and a budget of $8 million. The Vice
President provides administrative leadership to the Investment
Committee of the Board, which—with advice and counsel of Aon, an
investment consultant—manages an endowment of approximately $487
million as of June 30, 2021.
Building on significant financial gains in recent years and
current momentum across the University, the VPFA will continue to
lead the initiative to optimize revenues, deploy resources to the
University's highest priorities, and find cost-saving efficiencies.
The VPFA will wisely steward assets, manage risk carefully, and
provide vision for the financial future of the University. The Vice
President will originate and inspire new ideas, guide complicated
and consequential decision making, and lead collaborative
implementation of chosen initiatives. The VPFA will be responsive
to the needs of the Cabinet, faculty and staff leadership, and
trustees and will identify opportunities and challenges and craft
solutions to advance the institution over the short and long term.
The University requires a new senior officer who will anticipate
and articulate the impact of major programmatic decisions and of
trends in the external environment on Lawrence's financial future.
The new VPFA will stimulate the very best strategic thinking among
the University's leaders, recognizing the primacy of the
educational mission in all decisions.
Lawrence University seeks a Vice President for Finance and
Administration with a track record of successful and progressively
responsible senior leadership in business and finance. The
successful candidate will be a finance and business operations
strategist who leads transparently, communicates openly, and
inspires confidence. Lawrence's new VPFA will have the aptitude and
appetite to develop the talents and support the success of the
finance and administration team. Experience and core expertise in
long-range planning, strategic financial forecasting and analysis,
and business process improvements are essential.
The ideal candidate will have outstanding financial and
administrative management skills; experience in human resources,
facilities management, real estate development, and financing;
experience in endowment management; a record of building and
leading diverse teams; and a demonstrated commitment to the
advancement of an innovative undergraduate institution. The
successful candidate will be an effective, balanced, and highly
collaborative strategic leader who deeply values education and
thrives in a collaborative environment. The Vice President will
bring a capacity for strategic vision to a close partnership with
the President and Cabinet.
A baccalaureate degree is required. An advanced degree and/or
comparable years of relevant experience in the field is preferred.
Experience from other sectors, in addition to higher education, is
For the complete position profile, please visit:
For best consideration, please send all nominations and
applications (CV and cover letter) to:
Ruth Shoemaker Wood, Managing Director
Lindsay Allison, Senior Search Associate
Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its
faculty and staff and the viewpoints and approaches that a diverse
community represents. We strongly encourage candidates who can
contribute to diversity at Lawrence to apply.