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Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs Fort Wayne, IN

Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), one of seven institutions and entities comprising the Purdue University public system in Indiana, seeks a visionary, collaborative, and forward-thinking leader to serve as its next Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs (VCFAA). Reporting to the Chancellor of Purdue Fort Wayne and serving as a key member of the university’s senior leadership team and Chancellor’s staff, the VCFAA plays a primary role in budget development and management, financial planning for the institution, and strategic planning and implementation as the senior fiscal steward of resources for PFW.

The VCFAA oversees a broad portfolio, providing leadership and direction for the units, programs, and services in the Office of Financial and Administrative Affairs, including accounting services, administrative business services, NCAA Division 1 athletics, budget and planning, the bursar and student finance, facilities management, human resources, information technology services, purchasing and support services, and the university police department. An innovator, builder, and entrepreneur, the VCFAA also represents Purdue Fort Wayne to a wide range of external constituents who interact with the institution, as well as the primary connection to Purdue University’s main campus in West Lafayette regarding issues of policy and finance. Purdue University Fort Wayne’s FY 2019-2020 annual expenditures totaled $163 million, and the university has an endowment of approximately $58 million.

Comprising almost 600 beautiful acres and a modern campus on the banks of the St. Joseph River, Purdue University Fort Wayne conveys a significant presence in the region. With a population of over 265,000, Fort Wayne is considered the hub of Northeast Indiana, offering a small-city/big-town appeal with a low cost of living and high quality of life. With its strong student-centered mission, Purdue University Fort Wayne offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs through its five colleges. With more than 8,000 students and over 300 full-time faculty members, PFW is sized to offer small classes and individualized attention, yet large enough to have a major economic impact on Fort Wayne and the Northeast Indiana region.

The VCFAA will address a set of key opportunities and challenges to help ensure the university’s ongoing success, including leading and managing the Office of Financial and Administrative Affairs with transparency, forward thinking, and open communication; reviewing and revising the budgeting process to ensure greater participation and communication; implementing state of the art systems and business solutions utilizing metrics and data to drive decision making and promote proactive financial management; managing effectively the unique relationship between Purdue University Fort Wayne and Purdue University in West Lafayette; applying creative revenue generation and cost management best practices to establish substantial financial and strategic reserves and help achieve strategic planning goals; establishing an effective, trusting working connection with the faculty and faculty senate to provide good feedback, timely communication and transparency; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion among staff; and maintaining external relationships with important constituents at the state level, in financial industries, and other potential partners. The successful candidate will adopt a transparent, straight forward and inclusive decision-making style, with the ability to explain financial policy clearly and understandably.

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Dan Rodas is leading this search with Gregg Glover.

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