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Vice President for Finance and Administration

  • Whitman College
  • Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College seeks a creative, collaborative, and strategic leader to serve as the next Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). The College is launching the search as Peter Harvey is retiring after serving wonderfully in the role since 1999.

Reporting to President Sarah Bolton, the VPFA serves as a critical member of her senior team and oversees the Business Office; Conferences, Events, and Scheduling; Environmental Health and Safety; Human Resources; and the Physical Plant. Approximately 90 staff comprise these departments, and the VPFA’s direct reports include the Controller, Manager of Investment, Director of Human Resources, Director of Facilities, and Executive Assistant. The ideal candidate will bring strategic leadership, organizational, management, and interpersonal skills, ideally developed in a higher education setting, and will be effective in building and leading diverse teams. They will also possess experience developing collaborative relationships across multiple constituencies and be able to comfortably communicate regarding financial and operational matters across the campus and to the Board of Trustees. Furthermore, strong candidates will demonstrate working knowledge of finance, accounting, and human resources-related laws and regulatory standards, as well as skills in strategic budgeting, long-term financial planning, and risk management. All members of the senior team collaborate to advance the College’s strategic priorities, including access, affordability, curricular innovation, diversity, equity, inclusion, making the most of Whitman’s unique location, and advancing students’ opportunities for life after graduation. The successful candidate will uphold these goals and also play an important role in strategic planning toward new directions. 

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For best consideration, please send all nominations and applications, which should consist of a CV/résumé and letter of interest, to whitmanVPFA@storbecksearch.com.