Winthrop University: News & Events - Three VP for Finance Finalists on Campus Dec. 11-14

May 22, 2018

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bullet point The three finalists are: Joseph Trubacz, Justin Oates and Leon Wyden.
bullet point Each candidate will participate in interviews with faculty, staff, administrators and students and in a drop-in reception.

Debra Boyd

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA — Three finalists for the position of Winthrop University's vice president for finance and business affairs/chief financial officer will visit the campus for interviews between Dec. 11-14. The finalists are:

Joseph Trubacz, currently the regional vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He will visit from Dec. 11-12.

Justin Oates, currently assistant vice president for financial planning, budgeting, and analysis at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He will visit from Dec. 12-13.

Leon Wyden, most recently the vice president for business affairs and treasurer at the University of Findlay. He will visit from Dec. 13-14.

Each candidate will participate in interviews with faculty, staff, administrators and students. Each finalist also has an opportunity to meet informally with Winthrop faculty, staff, students and interested community members at a drop-in reception in the Evans Room in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. The receptions will be held from 2-2:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12; Wednesday, Dec. 13; and Thursday, Dec. 14.

Debra Boyd, Winthrop provost, noted that the candidates have excellent credentials and experience and praised members of the search committee for their good work: "We all look forward to meeting these candidates, hearing their ideas, and evaluating their capacity for leading the Division of Finance and Business Affairs." The search committee was chaired by P.N. Saksena, dean of the College of Business Administration.

Members of campus and local communities are urged to attend the informal drop-in sessions to meet each candidate. Feedback on each candidate will be solicited by way of electronic survey for those who participate in the interview process.

The Division of Finance and Business Affairs has more than 200 employees, of whom approximately 175 are permanent staff and 30 are employed in temporary positions. Areas under the leadership of the vice president for finance and business affairs and chief financial officer include financial planning and reporting, operating and capital budgets, student financial services, controller, purchasing, risk management, facilities and campus design.

For more information, contact Saksena at

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