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ERIC Number: ED253161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0147-877X
The Role of the Chief Financial Officer in Large Public Universities.
Jenkins, William A.
Business Officer, p27-30 Jan 1985
The characteristics and qualifications of chief financial officers (CFOs) of large public universities, the internal organizational relationships of CFOs, and their responsibilities were studied in 1983. Findings of a similar 1973 study are also considered. A total of 135 usable questionnaire responses provided information on age; sex; length of time as CFO; previous professional experience; career goals; educational level; specialization in highest degree; selection factors; relationship with the president, governing board and chief academic officers; areas of responsibility; and title of position. Respondents also indicated the scope of the CFO's responsibilities and the variables that affected the scope of responsibility, including enrollment size and student composition, single- or multi-campus structure, and the CFO's qualifications. It was found that most CFOs carry the words "vice president" in their title. In one-fifth of the colleges, business and financial responsibilities were shared by two or more vice presidents. Academic training for CFOs seemed to be mainly in business administration and management, although several respondents had specialized in educational administration. Additional findings and eight recommendations for further study are presented. (SW)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chief Financial Officers
Note: Article based on chapter 5 of a 1983 study entitled "The Role of Chief Financial Officers in Large Public Institutions."