Tressa Ries Named Vice President for Finance and Administration of St. Cloud State

Following a national search, St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota selected Tressa Ries as Vice President for Finance and Administration. In the role, Ries reports to and partners closely with President Robbyn Wacker. As a member of the president’s cabinet, Ries will provide visionary and integrated leadership dedicated to a culture of optimism, collaboration, transparency, sustainability, engagement and integrity.

Ries has more than 15 years of higher-education experience from financial leadership roles at one private and two public institutions. In her most recent role, Ries took on various responsibilities as the interim chief financial officer, board treasurer, associate vice president and controller at Mary Baldwin University in Stauton, Virginia.

“Ries is the perfect fit for St. Cloud State because of her experience and collaborative approach in managing the financial operations of complex organizations. I am confident in her ability to build, lead and advise financial operations for St. Cloud State,” Wacker said. 

Ries was identified as the top candidate for the post by a 15-member search committee comprised of select campus representatives. Uniquely, due to COVID-19, all semifinalist and finalist interviews were conducted virtually, in order to prioritize the health and safety of everyone involved.  

WittKieffer’s Mercedes Vance and Kim Brettschneider led this search.

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