Vice President for Finance and Adminstration

The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, Alabama
May 18, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Vice Presidents
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Opportunity: The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA). Reporting to the President, the Vice President serves as the chief financial officer of the University and is accountable for the fiscal affairs and certain administrative support functions of the University, including financial planning; budget development and control; business services, including purchasing, accounts payable, accounting and financial reporting, and Office of the Bursar; human resources; facilities and operations, including building construction and maintenance, custodial services, grounds management, energy management, and plant systems; campus planning and the Office of the Campus Architect; campus safety, including Campus Police; and emergency management and all-hazards response to emergency or disaster conditions and certain aspects of risk management.

The University: A public research university established in 1950, UAH occupies 432 acres in Cummings Research Park in 53+ campus buildings. Since 2008, the University has completed, or is currently under way, with more than $210 million of new construction. Fiscal year 2016 revenues were approximately $213 million, with state appropriations accounting for approximately 21%, federal grants and contracts 34%, tuition and fees 27%, and 18% from a combination of auxiliaries, gifts, state and other grants and contracts, and other revenue sources. The University is implementing a strategic plan and campus master plan to plot a vision for the University for the next five to ten years.

UAH offers 85 degree-granting programs, and over 100 areas of study that meet the highest standards of excellence, including 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 29 masters’ degree programs, and 15 doctoral programs through its seven degree-granting colleges. Total enrollment is approximately 8,500, including more than 1,950 graduate students. Undergraduates include 42 percent women, 58 percent men. The 2016 freshman class scored an average of 27.6 on the ACT, highest among Alabama’s public universities.

For 2015, UAH ranked in the top 20 in five federal research and development expenditure fields as reported by NSF and 14th and 25th in NASA-funded and DoD-funded expenditures, respectively. UAH is listed as a Tier 1 national university by U.S. News & World Report.

The Greater Huntsville Community: Located in the Tennessee Valley of Northern Alabama, Huntsville is the home of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, where the first rockets to take Americans to the moon were designed and built. Huntsville has an international reputation as a high-tech center with ties to NASA, the Army’s Redstone Arsenal, and major government and private research organizations. UAH is the anchor tenant of Cummings Research Park, the second largest university-related research park in the United States, and home to
approximately 300 companies. Many of the nation’s top aerospace and defense and engineering-related companies have locations in Huntsville, such as Aerojet/Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC Corp., Computer Sciences Corp., Raytheon, Boeing, and Siemens.

The Huntsville community is recognized nationally for its strong economy and high levels of educational attainment. Huntsville was named among the nation’s “New Silicon Cities” (Wall Street Journal). Other publications list Huntsville as the #7 most-educated city in the South, among the Best College Towns in the South, #1 on the list of Best Affordable Places to Live, and #3 on the list of Best Mid-Size Cities to Make a Living.

Qualifications: The position requires, at a minimum, a master’s degree (MA or MS) or equivalent with five years of related experience and/or training or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Application Procedure: Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled. Those received by July 17, 2017 will be given full consideration. Nominations, applications, and inquiries may be sent in confidence. Application materials (to include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the full contact information for five references – who will not be contacted without permission) must be electronically submitted to:

Assisting the University in this search are Ann Die Hasselmo ( and Chris Butler (, consultants with Academic Search, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Further information about the University of Alabama in Huntsville is available at and from the profile of the position and institution at:

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY: The University is an Affirmative Action Employer of women, minorities, qualified individuals with a disability and covered veterans.