Hawai'i Pacific University (HPU) has named D. Bruce Edwards as its next Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Edwards currently serves as Senior Vice President for Business and Finance at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, and board chairman of the 24-institution Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Association. He will join HPU in January 2014.
Mr. Edwards holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas and graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Accounting from Texas A&M University.
Mr. Edwards' corporate work began at Price Waterhouse in 1991 and culminated in 2005 at Delta, where he ultimately served as director of Operations Finance. He subsequently worked for three years at Texas A&M University, among the nation's largest then with a budget of $1.1 billion, as executive Associate Vice President for Finance.
Mr. Edwards has served in his current role at Barry for the past five years. At Barry, he oversees a $200 million operating budget and $30 million endowment. He led the development of Barry's master plan for facilities and managed a $38.6 million bond transaction, the largest in the University's history. In addition to his management of the University's fiscal, physical and human resources and his leadership of the Independent Colleges and Universities Benefits Association, he is Vice Chairman of the Florida Independent Colleges and Universities Risk Management Association, a group of 14 private campuses. Julie Filizetti led this search with Lindsay Gold.