The College of Wooster — Vice President for Finance and Business

The College of Wooster invites applications and nominations for the vice president for finance and business (VPFB). Reporting directly to President Sarah Bolton, this leader will serve as a key strategic advisor to the president and as a member of the president’s cabinet. The VPFB will collaborate with the college’s diverse stakeholders to provide financial leadership and strategic direction.

Founded in 1866 and located in Wooster, Ohio, The College of Wooster enrolls approximately 2,000 students. The college is nationally and internationally recognized for its excellent, comprehensive liberal-arts education, culminating in a distinctive senior project (Independent Study), in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor over an academic year to conceive, organize and complete a significant research or creative project. Wooster has sought to be inclusive from its founding, at which its inaugural president laid out the importance of being “a place of studies for all” adding that, “The essential test of citizenship in the commonwealth of science and letters should be character, mental and moral quality, and attainment, not condition, race, color, or sex.” Campus diversity has been increasing quickly, and the student body is 15 percent international students (from over 40 countries) and 21 percent U.S. students of color.

The College of Wooster is in a strong position for many reasons –a distinctive educational program, robust recruitment of students nationally and internationally, deep alumni support, a history of intentional and prudent fiscal management, and effective planning and execution of strategy. Wooster is undertaking a collaborative and data-informed strategic planning process to address the challenges of our rapidly evolving context and ensure the right decisions for the future – to maintain the strength of the college, realize the mission and serve students well.

The VPFB will work collaboratively with the president, the board of trustees, the senior leadership team, faculty and staff to ensure a successful and stable financial future for the college. The VPFB will provide leadership, vision and proactive integrated financial planning that optimizes resources in support of the college’s mission and strategic priorities. The VPFB’s responsibilities include oversight of the business office, grounds and facilities, dining and auxiliaries. The VPFB will support and staff the board of trustees’ finance, investment, building and grounds and audit committees, communicating all aspects of budget planning and analysis clearly, and will collaborate with senior leadership in the development and implementation of the college’s annual operating budget of approximately $85.5 million.

The VPFB will be an accomplished professional of the highest integrity who embraces positive change and a team approach and who works with colleagues in a spirit of partnership, transparency and fiscal responsibility to facilitate the advancement of the college. The successful candidate will be a confident, innovative, entrepreneurial leader with excellent financial credentials and significant managerial experience. The new leader will also understand and respect shared governance and promote an environment that encourages teamwork, student success, inclusive decision-making and a sense of community. The successful candidate will have a deeply rooted commitment diversity in all its forms and will promote respect and inclusiveness in interactions at all levels across campus.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of successful senior leadership in finance and administration, and demonstrated accomplishments developing and attaining strategic goals and objectives, preferably in higher education or a similarly complex organizational setting. While successful leadership experience in higher education is preferred, analogous experience outside higher education will be considered. An MBA or advanced degree is preferred as is a CPA.

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by November 1, 2018. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Statement, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to The College of Wooster consultants, Ann Yates and Kim Brettschneider at WoosterVPFB@wittkieffer.com.

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. The College values diversity, strives to attract qualified women and minority candidates, and encourages individuals belonging to these groups to apply. Wooster seeks to ensure diversity by its policy of employing persons without regard to age, sex, color, race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or political affiliation. The College of Wooster is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Employment is subject to federal laws requiring verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act. The College of Wooster is a drug-free workplace.

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