Vice President for Finance and Administration

Western Illinois University seeks a committed, visionary, experienced leader to serve as Vice President for Finance and Administration (“Vice President” or “VPFA”) to lead all financial and administrative affairs for the university. Reporting to the President and serving as the Chief Financial Officer and a member of the President’s senior leadership team, the Vice President is responsible for all financial and campus operations, collection of all funds at the institution, and recommending and implementing fiscal-, administrative-, and personnel-related policies and procedures. The Vice President will work closely with other senior administrators, deans, and directors, and interacts with faculty, academic and other University staff, students, and community members to manage and strengthen Western Illinois University’s business, financial, and administrative policies and strategies to achieve the institution’s goals in support of its core values of academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility.


The Vice President will have the broad mandate from University leadership to oversee, coordinate, and integrate institution-wide financial, physical and human infrastructure, and ensure effective stewardship of the University’s physical and financial resources. The VPFA will be expected to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the key issues affecting units within this expansive portfolio, and to shape and implement appropriate strategies, structures, and staffing. The VPFA will need to become broadly informed about, and sensitive to, the diverse needs and concerns of the many members that comprise the Western Illinois University community. The VPFA will also need to keep the many members of the community informed of the various priorities and activities.


About Western Illinois University:

Since 1902, Western Illinois University has provided outstanding educational opportunities to individuals in west central Illinois and well beyond our region and state. WIU’s traditional residential campus in Macomb, Illinois, is the educational, cultural, and athletic center of the region, while the WIU-Quad Cities non-residential branch campus in Moline, Illinois, is the only public university in the immediate Quad Cities region.

More than 66 undergraduate degree programs, nearly 40 graduate programs, and two doctoral programs prepare students for a successful career after graduation. Outside the classroom at Western, concerts, lectures, presentations, films, dance performances and more are performed each year, along with numerous major theatrical and dance productions and studio shows, as well as a variety of service-oriented projects and activities, all in a diverse and inclusive campus environment. The Multicultural Center is home to four cultural and resource centers: The Gwendolyn Brooks, Casa Latina, the Women’s Center, and the LGBT*QA Resource Center. These cultural and resource centers promote WIU’s goal of enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion through educational programming and advocacy.

The University’s athletics program, based on the Macomb campus, sponsors 19 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League.

WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Amtrak provides twice-daily service from Macomb to Chicago (and points in-between). Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

The chosen candidate must be an effective leader of people, and must exhibit the ability to develop leaders, address and manage personnel matters, and contribute to a growing, vibrant, thriving organizational and institutional culture. Successful candidates will provide direct leadership and supervision to critical campus support functions including Budget, Financial Affairs, Equal Opportunity and Access, Human Resources, Facilities Management, and Purchasing.

Required Qualifications:

• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a business-related field.

• Minimum of three years of senior administrative experience in a higher education environment.

• Significant progressive experience in fiscal, administrative, and personnel affairs, including planning, budget analysis, campus operations, and policy development.

• Proven leadership skills and ability to work with diverse individuals and groups.

An earned doctoral degree from an accredited institution is preferred.

Additional information about the position and qualifications are detailed in the search profile, which can be found at this

The expected start date is on or about July 1, 2022. A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be provided to the successful candidate. Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:

The University is being assisted in the search by Academic Search. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to [email protected]. Applications should consist of a substantive letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each. References will not be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. The position is open until filled but only applications received by May 2, 2022, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Senior Consultant, Stuart Dorsey, at [email protected].

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual’s membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law. Western Illinois University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.


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