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Episode 25: Joanne Yestramski

UMass Lowell CBO Joanne Yestramski Leads Through Teamwork, Courage and PersistencE

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Joanne Yestramski Joanne Yestramski
Vice Chancellor, Finance and Operations
UMass Lowell

Joanne Yestramski hasn’t always been in higher ed, and it’s that long road away from the field that led her back to her role at her alma mater, vice chancellor of finance and operations at UMass Lowell.

For Yestramski, the decision to transition out of the private sector hinged on the mission. “There’s much more of a short term planning cycle. When’s the next merger, when’s the next opportunity to liquidate your shares,” she says. “Higher ed has this wonderful mission and a time frame in perpetuity...a very long term view of strategic planning and an opportunity to give back the way I want to give back as a person in my career - versus making other people wealthy.”

This week on CBO Speaks, learn how Yestramski navigates governance and board relationships on a strong leadership team. Hear her perspective on making a contribution to a legacy institution through focus on the strategic plan. Finally, hear her inspirational perspective of managing her staff through teamwork, courage and persistence.