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Vice President for Finance and Administration

Lawrence University
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 25, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Financial Affairs, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents
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Full Time
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Vice President for Finance and Administration

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 welcomed.

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

Storbeck Search  

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.

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