Vice President for Finance Stephen Golding has announced the appointment of Comproller Alfred F. Beers to a new post, Associate Vice President for Finance, and the selection of Associate Comptroller Kenneth B. Campbell as Comptroller. The changes support the Division of Finance's recently adopted strategic plan, Mr. Golding said, permitting the Division to "continue restructuring Penn business processes both centrally and in partnership with the schools and centers."
In his new position Mr. Beers, Penn's comptroller for 15 years, will serve as financial operations officer of the University, reporting directly to Mr. Golding and coordinating the day-to-day operations of school and central financial administrative offices as they relate to financial policies and prescribed business practices. He will also coordinate and integrate the business practices of the Office of the Comptroller, Office of Research Administration, Center for Technology Transfer, Acquisition Services, Risk Management, and Student Financial Services.
"Al will play a critical role in moving the Division forward with its plans to develop a service delivery and business model that will enable Penn to achieve its restructuring goals, and also serve as a model for higher education," Mr. Golding said. "We are fortunate to have someone with Al's exceptional abilities, proven record of success and breadth of knowledge of the University and higher education able to step into this important position."
Mr. Beers is a Muhlenberg College alumnus who came to Penn in 1966 from KPMG Peat Marwich, where he had been a senior accountant on the audit staff. After a series of increasingly responsible positions he was named University Comptroller in 1982. He is a certified public accountant, and a member of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Society of Research Administrators, and past chairman of the Costing Policies Committee of the Council on Governmental Relations.
The New Comptroller: Ken Campbell is a Penn alumnus who joined the staff in 1972 after three years in the U.S. Navy. Beginning as assistant manager of Sponsored Program Accounting, he moved through several posts to become associate comptroller in 1983. A key figure in the development and implementation of FinMIS, "Ken has done a tremendous job facilitating the development and implementation of a state-of-the-art financial management system at Penn," Mr. Golding said. "Under his tireless stewardship, we have moved forward into a new business environment where we are now positioned for even greater achievement in the future. Ken's expertise and innovative ideas make him the ideal person to carry the Comptroller's Office forward as we continue to build on our progress."
As Comptroller, Mr. Campbell will be the University's chief accounting officer, reporting directly to the Vice President for Finance. His primary responsibilities will include establishing and maintaining policies and procedures with regard to internal accounting controls and University accounting and disbursement practices; coordinating the planning for and maintenance of the University's financial management information systems; and monitoring and reporting on the University's financial operations to both internal and external constituencies.
Volume 43 Number 17
January 14, 1997
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