Dawn Rhodes has more than 35 years of experience in finance and operations, 27 of them in higher education.
Ms. Rhodes currently serves as the chief business and finance officer (CBFO) and vice president of administration and finance at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). UMB is Maryland’s public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research (R1), clinical care, and public service. In her role, she oversees UMB's $1.3 billion budget
Prior to coming to UMB Ms. Rhodes served as the vice chancellor for finance and administration for IUPUI, an urban public research institution and a core campus of Indiana University. Ms. Rhodes spent nearly fifteen years at the University of Toledo holding several executive leadership positions. For a period between 1998 and 2000, Ms. Rhodes served as the vice president for business and finance at Savannah State University, a HBCU.
Several achievements distinguished her career. Since joining UMB in 2016 she has brought transparency to university finances, launched a revitalized Live Near Your Work Program, created an Emergency Management Department, and hired the first ever female police chief for UMB. Other career achievements include creating a blue ribbon customer service program known as Service with Distinction, leading a transformative hotel conversion project which included bringing fifteen new classrooms online, 560 additional residence hall beds, and the campus’ first ever dining hall facility. She created an Office of Intergroup Dialogue and Civil Community, an office to support the conversation and activities of diversity and inclusion and to facilitate civil discourse across campus.
Ms. Rhodes believes in giving back to higher education. She served on CACUBO’s Board Director as 2nd VP, President, Past President, and 2nd Past President. Ms. Rhodes served 8-years as a member of the NACUBO Board. During her tenure she served as chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Next Generation Business Officers, as a member of the ad hoc committee on Identifying and Disseminating Effective Analytics, and on the Finance and Audit Committee. Ms. Rhodes has been a faculty member at the NACUBO annual meetings and an author in the NACUBO Business Officer Magazine. Dawn currently serves on the board of HERS.