Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It's wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It's more wonderful when the leader believes in their people.
– Booker T. Washington
Tuskegee University (Tuskegee)—an icon of American higher education—seeks an exceptional and experienced leader to become its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). It is an exciting moment as the University is poised to forge a financially healthy future having recently received $115M in debt relief from the Department of Education as part of COVID-19 relief bill and, additionally, in 2020 received the largest single donation in the history of the University. All told, this is an exceptional moment to join a new leadership team at Tuskegee and to shape the future through strong fiscal stewardship as the University enters this next exciting phase of its storied history.
Founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881, Tuskegee University is among the nation’s premier Historically Black College and University (HBCU) research institutions addressing the global needs of citizens, industries, and governments. An independent, state-related institution, Tuskegee has distinct strengths in the sciences, agriculture, architecture, construction, business, education, engineering, health sciences, and veterinary medicine all rooted in a rich liberal arts tradition. The University enrolls approximately 3,000 students across five colleges and three schools and is home to 311 faculty and 491 staff. The University has a $157 million endowment, an operating budget of $135 million, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The CFO will be a proven, effective leader with demonstrated experience strengthening financial and operational systems. The CFO will possess the technical knowledge and business acumen to provide structure and stability for the University’s fiscal and administrative processes. Reporting to the President, the CFO will manage resources, make recommendations, and set strategy. The CFO will be expected to provide strong fiscal stewardship and identify new revenue sources and models; oversee and manage the finance team; serve as an operational and strategic planning partner to the president, senior leadership and Board; communicate effectively financial information and decisions to the Tuskegee community; and oversee efficient and transparent financial and business operations.
The new CFO will be a hands-on leader with excellent interpersonal, communication, and financial leadership skills. The CFO will have a keen understanding of the trends and issues facing institutions of higher education, and the financial and operational strategies needed for success. The CFO must be resourceful, organized, and results-oriented. The successful candidate will respect the University’s collaborative culture and be a confident, humble leader able to influence and motivate others in a fast-paced environment.
Tuskegee University is partnering with Isaacson, Miller in this recruitment. Inquiries, nominations/referrals, and résumés, along with letters of interest, should be submitted confidentially and electronically to: www.imsearch.com/7909
Dan Rodas, Partner
Karen McPhedran, Senior Associate
Tuskegee University is an Equal Opportunity Employer