Marshall University is entering a new era with exciting new
leadership, and the institution seeks an entrepreneurial,
collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as its next Chief
Financial Officer. Marshall seeks someone who can be a
transformational partner to the university's recently appointed
38th President, Brad D. Smith.
Marshall University is a public comprehensive research university
with a rich history as one of the oldest institutions of higher
learning in West Virginia. Marshall advances the public good
through innovative, accredited educational programs. The university
is located in Huntington, West Virginia, with additional campuses
in South Charleston, Point Pleasant, Teays Valley, and Beckley.
Marshall is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral University: High
Research Activity - R2 institution. The university enrolls 11,962
students: 8,776 undergraduate, 2,515 graduate, and 671 first
professional. The university offers more than 150 undergraduate,
graduate, and professional degree programs organized into seven academic colleges and
. As the Thundering Herd, the university
participates in the NCAA Division I, Sun Belt Conference. Marshall
University is situated in a region of great natural beauty;
Huntington is nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain
region, with the Ohio River creating the perimeter of the
The Chief Financial Officer is in the senior financial role for
Marshall and is responsible for the overall financial strength and
stability of the university, and has a strategic role in the
organization's management. Candidates must possess a degree from an
accredited higher education institution in a related field, plus a
substantive record of successful, progressive leadership experience
at a level commensurate with the position. The candidate must
demonstrate an understanding of the changing landscape in higher
education, and be able to work with a sense of urgency in a
fast-paced environment. As a member of the university's senior
leadership, this person will report directly to the President and
will serve on his cabinet. The CFO provides direct leadership to
multiple offices and services in Finance
, including budget,
accounts payable/payroll, financial information technology,
bursar/student financial systems and accounting.
The ideal candidate will have the following characteristics and
• The readiness to be accountable for the administration of all
financial operations of the university, including the development
of a financial and operational strategy, metrics tied to that
strategy, and the ongoing development and monitoring of control
systems designed to preserve company assets, report accurate
financial results, monitor adherence to the budget and develop
long-term financial and operational strategies.
• Demonstrated experience managing finance for a complex
organization with multiple funding sources and diverse program
• Knowledge of methods of allocating scarce resources and the
attendant revenue enhancing models.
• Strong leadership skills and the ability to communicate
effectively with various constituencies.
• A readiness to establish and maintain integral relationships with
senior executives and members of the Board of Governors to identify
needs and seek solutions to challenges. Serve as a financial
liaison and engage with the board on issues, opportunities, trends
and changes in finances and operating models.
• Demonstrated success supporting entrepreneurial activity.
• The ability to manage the university's collective debt issuance,
structure and credit ratings, as well as completion and submission
of annual financial reports.
• Experience coordinating an annual budget and budget planning
process, and recommending, evaluating and advising on the impact of
long-range planning, introduction of new programs/products, pricing
strategies, revenue sources and regulatory action.
• A track record of developing and upholding effective internal
financial controls to support compliance with applicable federal,
state, system and university laws, regulations and policies.
• A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• A readiness to create trusted relationships with team members and
support them in achieving their goals.
Additional information is available in the search profile available
How to Apply: Marshall University is being assisted by Academic
Search. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter,
a resume, and a list of five professional references with full
contact information. No references will be contacted without the
explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations,
and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in
The position is open until filled but only applications received by
August 12, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Confidential
discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting
and Chris Butler
Marshall University and the Marshall University Research
Corporation are committed to providing equal opportunities to all
prospective and current candidates. We do not condone
discrimination, in particular based on race, color, sex, religion,
age, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. Our
commitment also applies to all educational programs and activities
covered under Title IX which prohibits sex discrimination in higher
education. We neither affiliate with nor grant recognition to any
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