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Governance groups within the Division of Business & Finance are designed to improve communication and engagement within the division. Groups with descriptions are listed below.

Executive Leadership Team

Members of the VPBF’s leadership team use a collective approach to help establish the strategic focus for the Division and propel the organization forward in pursuit of the goals of the Institution. This includes the direct reports of the VP and the chair of the division’s Inclusive Excellence Committee. Members are as follows:

Ron Stalnaker – Vice President for Business & Finance 
Justin Janney – Associate Vice President for Finance (CFO)
April Burke – Senior Manager, User Engagement & Experience 
Ashlea Anderson – Interim Chief Information Officer 
Anita Thurson – Executive Assistant to the VPBF 
Katie Twining – Associate Vice President for Facilities Services
Laura McCullough – Chief of Police 
Jeff Blythe – Interim Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services
Vickie Shaw – Interim Associate Vice President for Human Resources (CHRO)
Kurt Purtee – Chair, Business & Finance Inclusive Excellence Committee 

Extended Leadership Team 

This group serves as a bridge between Executive Leadership and departments within the Business & Finance Division. As leaders within the organization, this group works cross-functionally to identify value creation opportunities, serves as change leaders for the Division, and acts as a conduit for quickly cascading information to their respective teams. This group includes Directors, AVPs, or Assistant Directors.  The group helps to ensure communication is driven down to all levels within the division and also helps the VP set the standard on what it means to be a leader within the division, set expectations, and hold leaders accountable to that standard.

Inclusive Excellence Committee

Charged with developing and implementing the Division’s Inclusive Excellence Action Plan, this committee helps cultivate a culture of Inclusive Excellence. In keeping with the University’s mission to promote an equitable, diverse, and inclusive community, this group strives to eliminate institutional barriers for underrepresented groups and to embrace, value, and appreciate the diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni across our campuses.

Engagement Team

This group is selected by Executive Leadership to help ensure that we are fully engaged with your teams and to help facilitate discussion opportunities and relationship building across the entire division. This group is instrumental in creating a culture of continuous improvement in Business & Finance and cultivating a work environment where everyone feels empowered to do their best work. Team members are selected for one-year appointments and meet monthly.

Last updated: 7/12/2022