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Restructuring and new appointments announced in Finance and Human Resources

In April 2013, the Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the Ohio Service Alignment Initiative (OSAI) resolution that focused on a six year plan to improve the effectiveness of the core administrative functions both centrally and within the distributed units and their readiness to support a decentralized operating environment under RCM.  In the summer of 2013, Vice President for Finance and Administration Steve Golding announced the appointments of two senior associate vice presidents, Deborah Shaffer and Joseph M. Lalley, to provide additional leadership to the division and assist in the implementation of the Service Alignment Initiative. To that end, both leaders will continue to work to both organize and recruit the necessary expertise to support a decentralized management environment that is able to provide the level of service that our customers are looking for and that was recommended by the Huron consultants.

Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Deborah Shaffer announced a number of appointments and restructuring within the finance and human resource areas.

Human Resources/Payroll

Colleen Bendl has been appointed as the chief human resource officer (CHRO) following a national search.  Bendl joins the University from Carnegie Mellon University where she was the assistant vice president for Payroll and Benefits Administration. Shaffer stated, "Colleen's higher education experience and understanding of HR/Payroll business processes, system implementations, ability to implement and design new solutions, and her collaborative "roll up your sleeves" leadership style will make her a tremendous asset as we continue to develop our HR/Payroll initiatives and services." Bendl will begin at the university on Feb. 17.

Along with this appointment, Shaffer also announced the merger of human resources and payroll. Shaffer stated, “This restructuring will position the division to provide more integrated and efficient service to our customers. This will include the relocation of the payroll department to the HRTC building in February 2014.

With Karen Hudson’s retirement in December 2013, and following a national search, Jan Myers has been appointed as Director of Compensation. Myers has been a member of the University Compensation team since January 2012, when she joined us from Thermo Fisher Scientific. Myers was appointed Project Manager for Comp2014 last August and has done a fantastic job ensuring that the university meets its objectives within the required timeline by Dec. 1, 2014.  


On Oct. 7, Jeffrey Allen joined the Controller’s Office as the Associate Controller. Allen joined us from STERIS Corporation where he was the SEC Financial Reporting Manager.  

On Nov. 11, Candice Casto was promoted to chief financial and investment officer (CFIO) for The Ohio University Foundation following a national search during the fall. Casto had been serving as the Foundation’s director of investments and endowment operations since 2008; she joined the university in 2005 from the State Auditor’s Office. The CFIO position has a dual reporting relationship with Vice President for Advancement Brian Benchoff, who also serves as president and CEO of the Foundation, and Shaffer.

Budget and Planning

University space planning has transitioned from facilities to the finance organization, reporting to Shaffer. Shawna Bolin, director of university planning and space management, is leading the group which will be partnering with the VPFA budget office as well as the Provost budget and planning office. The combined office will be known as the Budget and Planning Office, which will be co-located on the second floor of HRTC.  

Please join us in wishing these colleagues well in their new roles at Ohio University.