4 finalists for UT’s next finance officer to visit – Toledo Blade

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Community forums for each scheduled in coming weeks

Four finalists seeking to be the University of Toledo’s next chief financial officer will visit campus in the coming weeks, after UT reopened its search for a top finance administrator.

This marks the university’s second attempt this academic year to fill the position. In August, UT named three finalists for the job, created by the departure of an interim financial officer. But by October, the school announced it would redo a national search after deeming the two of the three candidates still interested in the job were not the best fit.

An interim administrator, Lawrence Kelley of Akron, has been holding down the post since December.

Next month, UT will welcome four finalists who seek the job of executive vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer.

The university Thursday announced the four finalists: John Beaghan, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer to the Oakland University board of trustees in Rochester, Mich.; Gregg Lassen, vice president for business affairs at the University of New Orleans; David Ellis, associate vice president for budgeting and analysis at Miami University in Oxford; and Cornelius Wooten, vice president for administration and finance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

UT will hold public forums for the campus community and public to hear from each candidate. The sessions will take place in room 2582 of the student union.

Mr. Beaghan’s forum starts at 2:15 p.m. Monday. Mr. Lassen’s is at 2:15 p.m. May 9. Mr. Ellis’ is at 3:15 p.m. May 10. Mr. Wooten’s starts at 2:15 p.m. May 13.

The person picked for the job will be in charge of UT’s overall financial leadership, planning, and management as well as overseeing the university’s facilities, police, human resources, and information technology operations.

The university’s senior administrative team has undergone significant reorganization since President Sharon Gaber’s arrival in July. A national search is under way for a new enrollment administrator. The university also will seek a new chief executive officer of its medical center, following the university’s announcement in April that David Morlock will leave for an investment banking job.

Among other changes is the hiring of a new provost, San Jose State University engineering dean Andrew Hsu, who starts July 1, and the creation of a chief of staff position on Ms. Gaber’s cabinet.

Those interested in learning more about the chief financial officer candidates can review their curriculum vitaes online at utoledo.edu/​depts/​hr/​cfo search.

Contact Vanessa McCray at: vmccray@theblade.com or 419-724-6065, or on Twitter @vanmccray.

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