Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Creation: 1985
Biographical / Historical
The position of Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer was created after Treasuer Carroll Rikert retired in 1983. Rikert was the first official treasurer of the college, named in 1972, and directed all aspects of college finances. By 1983, managing college finances demanded far more staff and offices with specific responsibilities.
Tom Corbin, Director of Business Serivces (1988) and eventually Assistant Treasurer and Director of Business Services (2001), provided the College Archivist with a chronological overveiw of offices and administrative titles from 1984 through 2016.
As of March 1989, the orgaizational structure of the financial office was:
Vice President for Administration and Treasurer; Assistant Treasurer (reports directly to VP) manages: Director of Personnel (became Human Resources in 1990), Director of Administrative Data Processing (managing telephone services, administrative systems, voice mail and email), Director of Operations (managing Dining Services, Reprographics/Printing Services and mailing, Facilities Services, Rental properties, College Bookstore and student mail room, and Recycling), Controller (Comptroller, managing finance, payroll, accounts payable, taxes), Associate Treasurer Investments and Endowment, and Business Manager (managing Insurance, real estate transactions, forest and farm land, Golf Course, Snow Bowl, Bread Loaf, and campus/town relations).
Major changes in departmental structure coincide historically with changes in administrative positions being vacated, usually as a result of retirement. In 1991, Business Manager Jim Ross retired, and Tom Corbin was hired as Director of Business Services. Business Services was created to manage all ancillary services (dining, printing, telephones, etc.). Corbin's title by 2001 was Assistant Treasurer and Director of Business Services, and Human Resources reported to him. After the retirement of Director of Operations George Whitney in 2003, data processing and telephone services moved to their own department. In 2005, the position of Director of Operations became Associate Vice President for Facilities.
As of 2016, the administrative structure for financial services was:
Vice President for Finance and Treasurer; Associate Vice President for Finance and Assistant Treasurer (reports to VP) and manages: Assistant Treasurer and Director of Business Services (responsible for town relations, golf course, Snow Bowl and Rikert Nordic Center, Insurance**, real estate transactions, lands and deeds, college bookstore, Dining Services, rental properties, Reprographics/Printing Services and mailing and student mail room, trademarks), Forester (managing farm and forest land), Finance Office - Controller (in charge of finance, payroll, accounts payable, taxes, investments and endowment). Also the Director of Investment and Treasury Operations; Associate Vice President for Operations/Facilities (managing Bread Loaf campus and Facilities Services); Associate Vice President of Student Financial Services; Associate Vice President of Informational Technology (responsible for data processing and telephones); Associate Vice President for Human Resources; and Executive Director of Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC, 2013).
** The Director of Business Services manages daily risk. The Vice President for Risk and Compliance (2015) manages Strategic and Enterprise Risk.
In March 2023, Mike Thomas left his position as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Alberto Citarella was promoted from Associate Vice President for Finance and Assistant Treasurer to Vice President of Finance and Administration. Citarella also joined the Senior Leadership Group at this time. Citarella continued to report to David Provost, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration and added Auxiliary Services and Business Services to his oversight.
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- A30 Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration
- Middlebury Special Collections staff
- December 2016
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