Edwards Named Vice President for Finance and Administration
February 16, 2023
MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – – Paul Edwards, main enterprise officer for the Richard Bland Higher education of the College of William and Mary, has been named Western Illinois University’s new vice president for finance and administration, helpful July 1.
Edwards has served as the main enterprise officer for the Richard Bland Faculty of the Faculty of William and Mary considering that 2018. In that role, he executed a variety of functions connected to supervisory responsibilities more than the Company and Finance, Human Means and Details Technological innovation departments, like preserving and overseeing finest procedures in economic administration and investigation, as nicely as once-a-year price range preparing to satisfy the targets of the college’s strategic strategy and economic goals.
“Mr. Edwards’ substantial practical experience in the finance globe will give exceptional leadership for this very important division. I search forward to his arrival on campus, and I am assured that his know-how and info-oriented strategy will be of fantastic gain to Western and the division he will lead,” stated WIU President Guiyou Huang. “I also want to increase my appreciation to Shannon Sutton, who has served as our interim vice president for finance and administration given that June 2021. Her management and level-headed fiscal steerage has been significantly appreciated.”
Previously, Edwards has been an adjunct professor of accounting and business at Liberty College in Virginia because 2007 assistant dean of finance and administration for the University of Tennessee College or university of Wellness Professions from 2016-18 assistant vice president for organization affairs at Kentucky State College from 2014-16 the supervisor of accounting for Liberty College from 2007-14 and the senior accountant for Longwood University in Virginia from 2005-07.
“I am incredibly fired up about joining Western Illinois University. A single of my favored prices is from Abraham Lincoln, which claims, ‘The very best way to predict the future is to make it.’ I search ahead to collaborating and partnering with President Huang and the team to produce the most effective doable foreseeable future for WIU, its college students, school and personnel,” mentioned Edwards. “I am energized by the challenges and alternatives that lie forward, and I glance forward to contributing to the future accomplishment of WIU, on equally campuses, Macomb and the Quad Towns. I eagerly foresee obtaining started this summertime in this pretty critical role.”
Edwards received his MBA from Virginia Tech master’s diploma in accounting from the College of South Florida bachelor’s diploma in finance from Liberty College bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and his associate diploma in accounting from Polk Community College. He is also a doctoral applicant at the University of William & Mary in Educational Plan, Arranging, and Leadership, with a concentrate in Larger Education and learning Administration.
The Vice President for Finance and Administration oversees, coordinates and integrates establishment-wide money, physical and human infrastructure and makes sure powerful stewardship of the University’s bodily and monetary methods. The VPFA is anticipated to obtain a thorough knowing of the essential concerns impacting units in this expansive portfolio and shape and implement correct techniques, buildings and staffing. The VPFA performs with the varied requirements and fears of the quite a few users that comprise the Western Illinois University community and retains the University group informed of the many priorities and activities.
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