DePauw University invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA).
DePauw University is a nationally recognized, leading residential liberal arts college and school of music located 45 minutes from Indianapolis in Greencastle, Indiana. DePauw University’s mission is to develop leaders the world needs through an uncommon commitment to the liberal arts. The institution’s diverse and inclusive learning and living experience – distinctive in its rigorous intellectual engagement and its global and experiential learning opportunities – leads to a life of meaning and means. DePauw prepares graduates who support and create positive change in their communities and the world. For over 184 years, DePauw has endeavored to innovate its academic approach to improve student outcomes and curate methods and pedagogy, while maintaining the essence of a holistically beneficial liberal arts philosophy.
The next VPFA will have a demonstrated record of superior strategic leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to develop effective relationships across multiple constituencies in a tight-knit community. Reporting to President Lori White, the VPFA will serve as a strategic thought partner and senior advisor to the President, be an accessible and dedicated institutional leader, and function as a critical member of the President’s highly collaborative and collegial cabinet. The VPFA routinely provides financial and operations updates to the Board and finance related Board committees including Business and Financial Affairs, Audit and Risk Management, Investments, and Buildings and Grounds and leads campus committees focused on strategic and prudent financial management. The VPFA will have responsibility for overseeing all fiscal, business, and administrative operations of the University including, but not limited to: finance and accounting, capital and operating budgets, purchasing, human resources, physical plant and facilities, and auxiliary services. The Vice President will serve as the University’s chief fiduciary officer and oversee all financial, regulatory compliance, human resources, and related legal issues, as well as work closely with the Board of Trustees.
DePauw’s operating budget is $121 million. The university’s endowment is $812 million as of September 30, 2021. Tuition, fees, room, and board for the 2020-21 academic year are $67,994. 57 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $44, 693. The institution is also well-supported by alumni, donors, and friends. DePauw’s last fundraising campaign, The Campaign for DePauw, was the most successful in its history, ending in June 2019 with gifts and commitments totaling $383 million. The University has also had incredible success raising transformational 8-figure gifts. In FY 2020, DePauw raised $33 million in total philanthropic support.
DePauw is dedicated to broadening diversity and fostering inclusive excellence, and it believes that creating a diverse and truly inclusive community calls on all campus constituencies to commit and invest. DePauw is dedicated to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and promoting the full participation and inclusion of all its members. With a long and proud history of diversity, DePauw’s campus community is one that welcomes, understands, and celebrates diversity of all kinds, including race and ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, regional and national origin, socioeconomic status, different learning styles and abilities, veteran status, and more.
A minimum of ten years of progressive financial management experience, preferably in a higher education or non-profit institution, is required. Master’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or Business, or related field and CPA licensure are strongly preferred.
For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications to: Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Global Education Practice Lead and Managing Director Carly Rose DiGiovanni, Senior Associate DePauwVPFA@storbecksearch.com