Chapman University - AVP and Controller

CA, Orange

WittKieffer has partnered with Chapman University in the search for an AVP and Controller. Located in the City of Orange in southern California, Chapman University is a mid-sized private university. The University has gained national recognition with its commitment to excellence through both research and innovative teaching. Chapman attracts high-achieving students from across the United States and many foreign countries and offers students the latest educational and technological resources in its blend of new, state-of-the-art and historic buildings. In the last two decades, Chapman has achieved remarkable growth in both size and national prominence.

The new AVP and Controller will provide support to the daily operations of the Financial Services Office. In addition, this key executive will assist the Vice President of Finance and Controller by providing direction, training and supervision of staff. The AVP and Controller will provide assistance to the university’s budget planning and development, ensuring all policies, processes and systems are in implemented and executed. The AVP and Controller will work closely with senior administrators in Financial Services to support and carry out Chapman’s financial goals, using various financial models to analyze and forecast budget control. Potential pathway to become the Vice President of Finance and Controller.

  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, or related area desired.
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Experience in higher education. Thorough understanding of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) preferred.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years relevant functional and management experience in progressively more responsible financial and accounting positions, which includes a minimum of five (5) years of supervisory experience.

All applications, inquiries, and nominations are welcome. Please direct via email to or by clicking the buttons below. Either means of application is acceptable. We appreciate nominations or expressions of interest. All communication is strictly confidential.

Ben Haden

Melinda Morton