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Associate Vice President for Financial Services

UA Colleagues
Gregg Goldman, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and CFO
Monday, September 11, 2017

Colleagues – After a comprehensive, national search that produced outstanding internal and external candidates from public and private universities throughout the United States, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Rulney as the Associate Vice President for Financial Services. It is always exciting to confirm the degree of remarkable internal talent that we see every day on our campus, and Lisa’s appointment demonstrates the opportunities to build a career within our University of Arizona community.

Many of you know Lisa and are familiar with her exceptional work and reputation. During her 16 years at the University of Arizona, she has served in progressively more impactful roles within the Arizona Research Laboratories, College of Education, and College of Engineering.  Her experience as an assistant dean within two colleges will position her well to consider academic interests in her new central administration role.

Lisa is known for using creative approaches to tackle institutional challenges, identifying and tapping into the talents of others, and creating a culture of high expectations. She has been integral to the success of numerous projects, units, and initiatives – both within her areas and across the University. You may know that her leadership was vital to the successful rollout of the Responsibility Centered Management financial model.

Thank you to the search committee, led by David Elmer, Deputy Dean for Finance and Business Affairs in the College of Medicine Tucson and David Heineking, Executive Director for Parking & Transportation Services, for their valuable insights and guidance. During the course of the search, I heard from many of you. You asked for a leader who is visionary, trustworthy, strategic, and committed to reducing complexity while increasing transparency. Lisa embodies all of these traits. I know we can count on her to partner as she works to provide operational transparency, sound analysis, and innovative solutions to keep all areas of the UA on firm financial ground.

As we congratulate Lisa on her new role, I want to acknowledge and thank Duc Ma for his outstanding leadership as Interim Associate Vice President. Under his leadership, members of the Financial Services Office forged new and powerful partnerships throughout the university community and identified multiple opportunities to streamline business activities.  Duc, Lisa, and the entire Financial Services team are well positioned to serve the university community in exciting new ways in the years ahead.