This award is supported in part by a generous sponsorship from Huron Consulting.
This award recognizes leadership and continuous commitment to college and university accounting and reporting and will be recognized during the 2023 Higher Education Accounting Forum.
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Kelli Perry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kelli Perry, assistant vice president for finance and controller at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has received the 2022 Daniel D. Robinson Accounting Award. As a leader at her institution, Perry streamlined purchasing and created a financial responsibility supplemental schedule that can be audited. She is a very active NACUBO volunteer, frequently speaking at accounting conferences and serving as chair of the Accounting Principles Council. She also has participated in two negotiated rulemaking sessions at the Department of Education, among other advocacy efforts.
Sharon Heinle, George Mason University
Sharon Heinle is the associate vice president and controller at George Mason University. A long-time volunteer for NACUBO, Heinle chairs the NACUBO Accounting Principles Council and is the NACUBO representative on the AICPA Not-for-Profit Expert Panel. Colleagues credit her as a key source of information on the impacts of new standards. She also is a frequent presenter at higher education, nonprofit, and financial industry conferences.
Tom Ewing, Ohio State University
Tom Ewing, director of financial reporting at The Ohio State University (OSU), has received the 2020 Daniel D. Robinson Accounting Award in recognition of his leadership and continuous commitment to the advancement of college and university accounting and reporting. At OSU, Ewing uses his thorough knowledge of accounting standards to guide the institution through complex transactions, including concession agreements and public-private partnerships.
Ewing is also credited for his operational leadership, including developing a tax function within the controller’s office, negotiating increases in OSU’s facilities and administrative cost reimbursement rate, and coordinating audits of the university and affiliated entities. He also serves as the higher education representative to the GASB Disclosure Framework Taskforce.
Peggy M. Arrivas, University of California Office of the President
Peggy Arrivas is the associate vice president and systemwide controller for the University of California. In her current position, Ms. Arrivas is responsible for the development and implementation of accounting and financial policies for the university and its ten campuses, medical centers, retirement system, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and campus foundations. She is also currently serving as the university’s interim director of capital asset strategies.
In addition to Peggy’s many responsibilities on campus, she also is NACUBO’s representative on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council, where she advises the GASB on behalf of higher education. Additionally, when on NACUBO Accounting Principles Council, she field tested proposed accounting and reporting standards to ensure that requirements were doable and not burdensome.
Ms. Arrivas is also a mentor for the East Bay College Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides college access services, scholarships, mentoring, college counseling, and life skills training to East Bay (primarily Oakland) public school students from low-income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates.
Joan Hagen, Indiana University
Joan Hagen, associate vice president and university controller at Indiana University, received this award at the 2018 Higher Education Accounting Forum in April. In her 20 years at Indiana University, Hagen’s accomplishments include implementing and streamlining accounting and reporting processes, leading budget and finance initiatives, and overseeing the annual financial statement audits. Hagen has also served as a volunteer in numerous capacities, including on NACUBO’s Tax Council and Accounting Principles work group.
Jeffrey J. West - University of Utah
Kimberly L. Kvaal - St. Edward's University
Award not presented
Karen Craig - NACUBO
Karl Turro - Northwestern University
Mary S. Wheeler - Stevens Institute of Technology
Teresa Gordon - University of Idaho
Cheryl Soper - University of Michigan