Rust College — Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Rust College President, Dr. Ivy R. Taylor, invites candidates for the position of Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer (VP/CFO). The VP/CFO is expected to be innovative and entrepreneurial in the pursuit and development of strategies that fully optimize resources and further the college's overall academic, administrative, and strategic initiatives. The next VP/CFO must be a confident, high-energy leader, a superb communicator, and an innovative thinker.

The Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer (VP/CFO) reports directly to the President and serves as the College's senior executive officer responsible for Rust College's financial management and is an essential strategic partner to the president, working collaboratively with her, the board of trustees, the senior leadership team, faculty, staff and student leaders to assure a successful and stable financial future for the institution. The new VP/CFO will assist the president and the senior leadership team in the on-going implementation of Rust College 2022-2025 Strategic Plan.

The VP/CFO plays a key role in the management and operation of the institution and serves as the fiduciary face to both the board of trustees and the entire college community, with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the college's annual operating budget of approximately $18 million along with management of an endowment of over $50 million and the institution's assets. The VP/CFO will also be responsible for all matters pertaining to the management and operation of accounting, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budget management and control, student aid disbursement, budget preparation, financial information systems, credit management, collections, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, investing, and payroll. In addition, the VP/CFO is the administrator of the College's plant management/facilities management, IT, construction, fleet management, and contracted dining services.

Application and Nomination Procedures

The search is being assisted by Academic Search. For additional information about this opportunity, please review the position profile, which includes the leadership agenda and full list of required and desired qualities and capabilities for the Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, at under the “Open Searches” tab.

Application materials should include a cover letter addressing the leadership agenda and required and desired qualities as listed in the position profile, a current, long-form resume or curriculum vita (showing relevant administrative responsibilities and accomplishments) and the names, phone numbers and addresses of at least five professional references, with an indication of the candidate's relationship to each reference. References will not be contacted until a later stage in the search, and only with the candidate's foreknowledge.

The position is open until filled but only applications received by August 13, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

Dr. Shirley Robinson Pippins is the Senior Consultant for the search. Confidential discussions with the Senior Consultant may be arranged by contacting Associate Consultant, Dr. Christy Scott at


The College is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive academic community in which all members are equally and equitably respected and valued. We define diversity broadly to include, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, citizenship, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, (dis)ability veteran status, political affiliation, or age.