Candidate open forums for VP for Finance & Administration

Open forums will be held for the following candidates for vice president for finance and administration: Wanda B. Hill, Monday, August 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m. in CB 105; Jan Mahoney, Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 1:30 p.m. in CB 105; and Jean Hollaar, Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 1:30 p.m. in CB 105.

Wanda B. Hill: Monday, August 2, 2010, 1:30 p.m., CB 105

Wanda B. Hill received her Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from Bainbridge College (GA), her Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting) and her Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Valdosta State University (GA).  She is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia. For the past 11 years she served as Vice President for Administration and Treasurer at Washburn University in Topeka, KS, where her duties included serving as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for the Washburn University Board of Regents.  Ms. Hill’s experience includes Director of Finance and Administration for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (METROLINK) in Los Angeles, CA, from 1997-1999; as Executive Director at California State University Dominguez Hills Foundation (Carson, CA) from 1993-1997; as Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance (1990-1993) and as Associate Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs (1988-1990) at Clemson University (SC); as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business and Financial Affairs (1984-1988) and Acting Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (1986-1987) at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; and as an instructor of Accounting at Valdosta State from 1978-1984.

Ms. Hill has served on numerous committees during her career in higher education most recently at Washburn University on the Strategic Planning Council, Program Review Committee, Licensing and Trademark Committee, Washburn Foundation Finance and Investments Committees, and on the Kansas Board of Regents System Council of Business Officers.  She was recipient of the Women of Excellence Award presented by the Topeka YWCA (2007), Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (1997) by the Government Finance Officers Association, the Outstanding Achievement in Auxiliary Services Award (1992) by the National Association of College Auxiliary Services, and the Cost Reduction Incentive Award (1991) by the National Association of College and University Business Officers/USX.

Jan Mahoney: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 1:30 p.m., CB 105

Jan Mahoney received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota-Morris with a minor in English, a Diploma in Accounting from Alexandria Technical College, and her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Minnesota Licensed Residential Building Contractor.  Ms. Mahoney is currently Vice President of Finance and Operations at Saint Paul College (MN).  She served as Interim President (2003-2004) and as Chief Financial Officer (1987-2004) at Alexandria Technical College, and as Accountant and CPA at Ness, Waller, Pearson & Co. LTD (1984-1987).  Ms. Mahoney has served on numerous system committees including the Metro Alliance Chief Financial Officers, Staff and Leadership Development Committee, Master Financial Planning Committee,  Capital Bonding Rating Review Committee, Allocation Framework Technical Advisory Committee, and Administrative Allocation Model Committee as chairperson. Ms. Mahoney is a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Facilities Management Award (2005, 2007) and a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Financial Management Award (1999, 2005) presented by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.  In 1999 she received the Chancellor Award for Outstanding Service.

Jean Hollaar: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 1:30 p.m., CB 105

Jean Hollaar received her Bachelor’s degree in Office Administration with a Minor in Accounting and her Master of Business Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. She is currently serving as Interim Vice President, Finance and Administration and University Planning and Budget Officer at MSU Moorhead and served as Business Manager for Comstock Memorial Union at MSU Moorhead (1993-2003); she was an Employment Representative at Metropolitan Federal Bank (1992-1993); and was an Assistant Payroll Clerk (1990-1992) and Human Resources Assistant (1986-1990) at MSU Moorhead.  Ms. Hollaar is an adjunct faculty member and has been an undeclared major advisor at MSU Moorhead. Since 2009 she has served as chairperson of MSUM’s University Planning and Budget Committee and as co-chairperson of the Non-Instructional Budget Advisory Committee. She is a two-time recipient (2005, 2009) of the Outstanding Service Award presented by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. She has received the Exceptional Performance Award (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008) from MSUM. She is a certified facilitator of the Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Program.