2012 CAO and CFO Partnerships: Building Collaborative Opportunities Together
August 9-10, 2012
Assistant Vice President, Leadership Programs
American Council On Education
SHOW FULL BIO » DIANA I. CÓRDOVA Assistant Vice President for Leadership Programs American Council on Education Diana I. Córdova is assistant vice president for leadership programs at the American Council on Education (ACE). In this capacity, she oversees all programs and initiatives conducted by the executive leadership, emerging leaders, and inclusive excellence groups. She was an integral member of the senior leadership team that worked on the visioning and design of a new organizational structure for the Leadership Programs unit at ACE and has worked collaboratively with colleagues across the Council to fully implement the new structure. Prior to her appointment as assistant vice president in 2011, Córdova served as the Director of the Center for Advancement of Racial and Ethnic Equity (CAREE) at ACE from 2005-2011 and as the Interim Director of the Office of Women in Higher Education from 2010-2011. She has designed and/or facilitated a wide range of ACE leadership programs including the Institute for New Presidents, Institute for New Chief Academic Officers, the Advancing to the Presidency Workshop as well as National and Regional Leadership Forums for Women Administrators. Cordova has also provided oversight to the ACE Women’s Network and works in close collaboration with the Network Executive Council to provide guidance to the state networks. She is a frequent presenter at state network conferences and events. Córdova played a lead role in the launch of ACE’s Spectrum Initiative: Advancing Diversity in the College Presidency and is co-author of the Minorities in Higher Education 22nd Annual Status Report and of Broadening the Leadership Spectrum: Advancing Diversity in the American College Presidency. She also assisted in the development of Preparing Leaders for the Future, an online toolkit for developing administrators in higher education. The toolkit can be accessed at: www.acenet.edu/leadershiptoolkit. Before joining ACE, Córdova served as the acting associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Research, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education where she administered several multi-million dollar discretionary research grant programs focusing on improving K-12 education. From 1994 to 2003, Córdova was a member of the psychology department faculty at Yale University, where she received the 1999 Lex Hixon Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences. In addition, she served as director of unde
Vice President, Professional Development
Provost and Academic Vice President
SHOW FULL BIO » Pamela Gunter-Smith joined Drew University July 1, 2006 as Provost and Academic Vice President. In this role she serves as chief academic officer with overall responsibility for academic programs and academic support in the university’s three schools- the College of Liberal Arts, the Theological School, and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Her most recent work focuses on strategic planning and assessment and promotion and tenure policies. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Porter Professor of Physiology at Spelman College from 1992-2006. At Spelman, Gunter-Smith chaired the Biology Department (1992-2002) and was the Associate Provost for Science and Mathematics (2002-2003). She also served as the Program Director for Spelman’s NIH sponsored Center for Biomedical and Behavioral Research (2002-2003) and Spelman’s Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program (1993-2002). Gunter-Smith has also held academic appointments at the George Washington University (Washington, DC) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD). Before joining Spelman (1981-1992), Gunter-Smith was a research scientist and science administrator at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute in Bethesda, MD. Gunter-Smith has served on numerous national committees that address science education, the underrepresentation of minorities in science, and health disparities. More recently, she serves on the Board of Directors of the William Townsend Porter Foundation and the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS). Gunter-Smith holds a BS in Biology from Spelman College and a PhD in Physiology from Emory University. She conducted postdoctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston. She has published in the areas of gastrointestinal physiology and membrane ion transport. Gunter-Smith is a graduate of the 2001 HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration receiving a Bush-Hewlett Administration Leadership Scholarship. In 2003-2004, she was an American Council on Education Fellow at the University of Miami working with President Donna Shalala.
Professor of Theatre
SHOW FULL BIO » Dr. Richard Helldobler recenty completed a three year term as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Shepherd University. He came to Shepherd from California University of Pennsylvania where he served as Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Associate Provost/Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. At Shepherd working with faculty they redesigned general education, aligned all degree programs at 120 credits and achieved successful accreditations in education and nursing. Among his administrative accomplishments are establishing a university wide faculty mentoring program, a faculty handbook, and revised the faculty evaluation process. Committee chair positions included: Administrative Council, General Education, Institutional Self Evaluation Committee and Department Chairs Forum. His was the founding artistic director for CalRep Pennsylvania a pre-professional summer theatre program and The Mon Valley Ballet Theatre, the resident ballet company at CalU. The Mon Valley Ballet Theatre was the first university company invited by the Minister of Culture to perform at the famed National Opera House in Kiev, Ukraine. Richard has served as a mentor for the Leadership Institute for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and chairs the association’s task force that will retool the national standards from promotion and tenure for theatre faculty. Richard has remained closely connected to the ACE Fellows Program having served as the co-chair the Professional Development Committee, Secretary of the Executive Board, and as a nominator. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and has served on the board of directors for the Persad Center, Pennsylvania Arts Collaborative, and the Renaissance City Choirs. Research includes articles in the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science and Quick Tips for Civic Engagements with Indiana University Press. Dr. Helldobler holds advanced degrees in theatre from Bowling Green State University and an undergraduate degree in marketing from The University of Toledo.
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VP for Finance & Administration
Northern Michigan University
SHOW FULL BIO » R. Gavin Leach Vice President for Finance and Administration Mr. Gavin Leach became Vice President for Finance and Administration at Northern Michigan University on July 1, 2007. Mr. Leach represents the university on several state and national committees including the Michigan Universities Coalition on Health, Inc., Midwestern Higher Education Commission Computing Task Force, the Merit Board of Directors, Northern Initiatives Board of Directors, and Educause. He leads a cross-divisional team that planned and implemented the Teaching, Learning, and Communication notebook computer program and provides ongoing oversight of the program. In addition, he oversees planning and implementation of the university’s campus master plan, computer leasing program, wide area network, administrative computer systems and programmers, facilities operations, auxiliary operations, and the university’s human resource operations. Previously, Mr. Leach served Northern Michigan University as the Associate Vice President for Finance and Planning. In this role Mr. Leach developed and presented university strategies with regard to the annual and long-term planning for NMU’s $178 million budget, state budget requests, legislative hearings, compensation, technology, facilities, auxiliary operations, and financial aid. Prior to joining Northern in 1989, his career included serving as a Senior Tax Analyst for Arthur Andersen & Company and a Senior Tax Analyst at MTS Systems Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Northern Michigan University, and a CPA certificate. Detailed Background: Vice President for Finance and Administration (2007-present). Associate Vice President for Finance and Planning, Northern Michigan University (2001-2007); Acting Chief Financial Officer, Northern Michigan University (2003-2004); Budget Director, Northern Michigan University (1993-2000); Senior Financial Analyst, Northern Michigan University (1992); Budget Analyst, Northern Michigan University (1991); Senior Accountant, Northern Michigan University (1989-1990); Senior Tax Analyst, MTS Systems Corporation (1987-1989); Experienced Tax Accountant, Arthur Andersen and Company (1985-1987).
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Vice President Business & Finance
University of Richmond
SHOW FULL BIO » Hossein Sadid Vice President, Business and Finance/Treasurer Hossein Sadid joined the University of Richmond as vice president for business and finance and treasurer on July 1, 2009. Sadid is responsible for all non-academic functions of the University, and serves on the board of the Spider Management Company, LLC, an investment company wholly owned by the University. A tireless advocate of higher education and community interests, Sadid has served on the faculty of the American Council on Education and the Society for College and University Planners, and on a variety of boards and professional groups over the past three decades including the National Association of College and University Business Officers; the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers; Neighborhood Progress, Inc., where he is currently serving as chairman of the audit and finance committee; and the Medical Center Company, where he served three one-year terms as president. Prior to joining the University of Richmond, Sadid served Case Western Reserve University for more than 28 years, most recently as chief financial and administrative officer and special assistant to the president. Sadid is a certified public accountant. He holds an M.B.A. in accounting and finance and a postgraduate certificate in management information systems from Case Western Reserve University. He has extensive international experience and speaks multiple languages. Sadid is married with three children.
CAO and CFO Partnerships: Building Collaborative Opportunities Together
August 9-10, 2012
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