Ken Cody was recently Vice President for Administration and Finance/CFO at Bentley University in Waltham MA. In his role as chief financial officer there for 5 ½ years, he had responsibility for capital and operating budgets and long-range plans, as well as controller, treasury and internal audit functions. As chief operating officer, he was responsible for information technology, facilities, enterprise risk management, purchasing, and auxiliaries. Some of his proudest accomplishments include receiving a Moody’s bond rating upgrade; creating a shared service center for Academic Affairs business operations; co-leading the Workday ERP implementation; developing a disciplined budget process to achieve sustainable financial improvement and the strategic plan; and building strong bonds with trustees, faculty and staff through trust, transparency and personal accountability.
Ken came to Bentley after nearly 30 years at the University System of New Hampshire where he served as Vice Chancellor and Treasurer/CFO responsible for financial stewardship and providing financial leadership for the Board and four campus presidents and financial officers. At USNH, he partnered with others to successfully help lead campuses through a $50M cut in state appropriations, coordinated $1.2B in capital projects, managed 10 major bond issues, and co-led the UNH-wide business process redesign project resulting in the permanent reduction of 39 positions with no layoffs, achieved mostly through a shared services model. Moody’s published remarks at both USNH and Bentley of “strong financial management.”
Ken earned his BSBA in Management and Accounting at Plymouth State University summa cum laude and his MS in Finance from Bentley University. He worked as a CPA in public practice prior to his career in higher education. Ken completed a three-year term on the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Board of Directors in 2012 and is a past President of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) which represents 600 higher educational institutions in the Northeast. Ken recently served on EACUBO’s Governance Committee and on Bentley University’s Investment Committee. During 2019, he completed seven courses to earn a Certificate in Financial Planning from Bryant University, required to sit for the national CFP exam.
Ken spends his free time with Jamie, his wife of 39 years, enjoying NH’s Lake Winnipesaukee in the summer and St. Petersburg’s sunshine in the winter, flying between and around the two locations in their amphibious seaplane.
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