How the CFO Influences a Presidential Search and Transition

Other than the president, there may be no more important position in academia today than the chief financial officer or VP of finance. As the academy considers its future, the CFO is central to its most important
discussions—especially around financial planning, budgeting, capital planning, and more. The CFO, therefore, plays an integral role in the hiring of a new president. In the interview below, WittKieffer senior partner Zach Smith considers the direct and indirect involvement that the campus’ top finance leader should have in a search and transition.

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