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Search Update – December 2020

Reporting directly to President Stanley, Michigan State’s inaugural senior vice president and chief financial officer (SVP/CFO) will be responsible for overseeing, maintaining and enhancing the university’s overall financial health and aligning the allocation of resources with its strategic priorities.

The university’s mission is to provide outstanding educational opportunities, to conduct research of the highest caliber, and to advance outreach and economic development efforts to lead to a better quality of life for individuals in their communities and the world.

Now in his second year, President Stanley is providing visionary leadership for the university, and the SVP/CFO will play an integral leadership role in finalizing and implementing a comprehensive strategic plan for the institution, as well as complementary strategic plans for diversity, equity and inclusion and relationship violence and sexual misconduct.

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the value and need for world-class research universities, like Michigan State University, with the size, scope and resources necessary to tackle society’s greatest challenges. The SVP/CFO will be entering the University at an exciting time under new leadership, robust strategic planning efforts and a renewed commitment to the great opportunity and impact universities like MSU can have.

Search Timeline:

  • September – October – selection of search committee, search firm, launch search
  • November – stakeholder meetings, finalize position description
  • December – January – advertise position, recruit candidates
  • February – March – candidate evaluation and selection

Position Description (.PDF)


In September, the Board of Trustees approved President Stanley’s recommendation to create a new position for senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). The CFO will be tasked with developing a comprehensive long-range financial plan as well as managing ongoing financial progress. The CFO will also play an integral role as the university continues to evaluate its historical budget model to ensure its allocation of resources aligns with its values and priorities. Now more than ever, a coordinated approach to the university’s financial and budget management is crucial as it strives to utilize our institutional resources as effectively as possible.