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Finance and Administration leader announces position changes

Angelini, Allison, Scott, and Adams accept new roles

Ohio University Vice President Finance and Administration Steve Golding recently announced several critical appointments within the Finance and Administration area.

The first change is the promotion of Mike Angelini to associate vice president for finance, planning and deputy treasurer. His new position incorporates the areas of treasury management, controller, foundation accounting, bursar, procurement, and budget planning and analysis under one associate vice president position. It also increases the scope of the associate vice president to oversee all financial and budgetary control and reporting functions for the university and the foundation.

Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis said he is very happy that Angelini accepted his new responsibilities.

"Mike's expertise, commitment and dedication to Ohio University and its mission are exceptional," McDavis said. "We are very pleased that he has taken on expanded leadership responsibilities in this critical time for the university."

Angelini served as interim vice president for the first eight months of 2010 and oversaw all the areas which will now be incorporated under the new associate vice president position. During that time, he oversaw the development of the fiscal year 2011 budget and the compilation and audit of the 2010 financial statements. Angelini has been with the university, serving as associate vice president for finance – treasury management since May 2008.

The second staffing action is the permanent appointment of Julie Allison as university controller. A certified public accountant, Allison is a graduate of the Ohio University College of Business Executive MBA program and has been serving as interim controller since late spring. Allison has been with the university for more than 10 years and has served in a variety of roles within the Finance and Administration unit. 

Allison just recently saw the university through the 2010 financial statement compilation and audit and is the primary staff person involved in the development and implementation of the new 6-Year Budget Model. She garnered the respect of and was lauded by the university's external auditors, Plante and Moran, for improving the university's year-end process.

"Over the last couple of months I have worked closely with Mike and Julie on both the year-end audit and the architecture for the multi-year sources and uses," Golding said. "I’ve been very impressed with the quality of their work, their dedication to serving the university, and the enthusiasm they are bringing to solving day-to-day issues."

Angelini said he has also been impressed with Allison's work. 

"Julie did a great job jumping into the year-end process" Angelini said. "I was extremely pleased with the quality and timeliness of the year-end close and audit."

While the search continues for a new assistant vice president for budget planning and analysis, Angelini and associate vice provost for academic planning John Day are overseeing the Budget Office operations and the 2012 budget development process.

Golding is confident that under Angelini's leadership, the finance area's leadership group will be a very productive team. This team includes Allison, Director of Investments and Endowment Operations Candice Casto, Bursar Sherry Downs, Director of Procurement Services Laura Nowicki, and the new budget director. According to Golding, this finance team will be instrumental in working to redesign business processes and leverage technology toward more efficient transaction processing and reporting.

Also within the Finance and Administration unit effective Jan. 1, Gwyn Scott will be appointed interim associate vice president for auxiliaries. With the change, Scott will assume responsibility for auxiliary operations, including dining services, retail operations, printing services, and the airport. While this action is part of the unit's succession planning, Golding believes that making the interim move at this time will allow Associate Vice President Terry Conry to allocate more of his time to university- and unit-level planning activities.

"We are very pleased that Gwyn has accepted this opportunity," Conry said. "She is a dedicated employee with over 20 years of service and over the past four years, she has successfully led the dining auxiliary, achieving financial stability while enhancing services to campus."

Golding expressed the importance of the moves to his area.

"The moves within the administrative areas reflect best practice and will allow us to free Terry Conry from day-to-day business operations and permit him to focus on change management projects as we position the university for multi-year budget transitions and the move toward responsibility management," Golding said.

Finally, the former Safety and Risk Management unit which was taken apart in the FY 2011 budget cuts, will be recombined under the interim leadership of Joe Adams effective Jan. 1. With the change, he will oversee the Environmental Health and Safety, Insurance and Risk Management, Emergency Programs, and Campus Safety areas. 

Conry said Adams' vast experience played a key role in his promotion.

"Joe Adams has led university safety and risk services in Alaska and California prior to coming to Ohio University," Conry said. "He has the breadth of experience needed to coordinate our enterprise-wide risk management efforts."

Golding said the changes were a necessity.

"I believe it is important that the coordination of all risk and safety operations be under the direction of one leader and have advocated for the reinstatement of an associate vice president for risk management and safety," Golding said. "There are too many complex research, regulatory and compliance issues that we cannot afford to compromise in this important area."

Golding added that he was pleased that all the personnel adjustments have been accomplished within the existing FTE and budgets of the division.