Vice President for Business and Finance


Columbus State University seeks nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Business and Finance (VPBF). Reporting directly to President Christopher Markwood and serving as a member of his Executive Leadership Team, the VPBF serves as the Chief Business and Financial Officer of the University. The successful candidate will be a collaborative, innovative and entrepreneurial leader as well as an experienced and proven finance professional who will provide executive leadership as the University builds on its reputation as a thriving regional comprehensive institution. The next VPBF is expected to take office in late summer 2019.

Columbus State University (CSU) is a comprehensive, residential university with an enrollment of nearly 8,500 and is part of the University System of Georgia. The University has two primary campus locations: the original campus on 150 acres in midtown Columbus and another campus in downtown Columbus, known as the RiverPark campus. Located in 100 miles southwest of Atlanta, Columbus is a vibrant community with an active downtown area and has a population of approximately 200,000 citywide and 350,000 in the greater metropolitan area.

Reporting to President Christopher Markwood, the VPBF works collaboratively with the University's Executive Vice President/Provost and vice presidents to provide strategic and operational leadership in support of the CSU's mission, vision, and goals. The Vice President also works closely with officials of the University System of Georgia and local, state, and federal government organizations.

The VPBF has primary responsibility for the University's financial and internal controls and represents the institution on matters related to business operations, budget, finance, and capital financing. The position oversees the management of budget and planning, human resources, accounting services, internal controls and enterprise risk management, procurement and property control, campus auxiliary services, environmental health and safety, sustainability, and the maintenance and construction of campus facilities. The Vice President works collaboratively with the Vice President of University Advancement to oversee Columbus State University Foundation's financial management functions and provides business leadership in other foundation matters. The Vice President provides stewardship for the University's total campus operating budget of approximately $130 million, and works with the four CSU foundations which have combined total assets of approximately $240 million and $70 million in endowed assets.

A complete position profile can be found at CSU is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:

The position is open until filled but only applications received by June 19, 2019 can be assured full consideration. Individuals interested in this position are strongly encouraged to talk confidentially with the search consultants, Maya Ranchod Kirkhope at or (703) 380 9195 or Jairy Hunter at or 843-693-2658.

Columbus State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity in hiring.

A successful criminal background check will be required as a condition of employment

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