Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer
Lisa Rulney was appointed Senior Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer in April 2019, having served in the role as interim starting in October 2018. In this position, Lisa serves as the UA’s senior business and financial officer with responsibility including financial services, human resources, institutional equity, procurement, contracting, auditing, facilities management, parking, transportation, planning, design and construction of facilities, real estate management, Arizona Public Media, risk management, systems control, and the university police.
As a member of the President’s senior leadership team, Lisa provides strategic leadership to, and direction of, the university finance and administration functions. Lisa will play a key role in the implementation of UA’s Strategic Plan with particular emphasis on Pillar 5. By design, Pillar 5 deliverables fall to a number of units within Business Affairs. With oversight over these units, Lisa will work to ensure that she and her team push forward innovative and effective business processes that advance the university and its mission.
Since joining the UA in 2001, Lisa has held a number of financial positions, most recently serving as the Vice President for Financial Services. She also served as Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration for the College of Engineering; Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration for the College of Education; and Assistant Director, Finance and Administration for the Arizona Research Laboratories.
A member of National Council of Research Administrators (NCURA) since 2001, Lisa has served on regional and national levels and was a NCURA Traveling Faculty member. She is a 2004 graduate of the NCURA Leadership Development Institute.
Lisa received her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University and Master of Business Administration from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Risk Officer
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police
Senior Associate Vice President
Vice President for University Planning, Design and Operations
Mr. Smith is a 4th generation Arizonan and a U of A graduate with over 35 years’ experience leading private sector design firms and University building programs. He has led $1.5 billion of U of A campus development in the past 17 years, which produced numerous design excellence awards, including Southern Arizona’s 1st National AIA Honor Award.
Mr. Smith is the Past President of the Southern Arizona American Institute of Architects, the current President of the National Association of University Architects, and works closely with Arizona’s various contractor associations. He was recently selected as the Southern Arizona Boy Scouts & Construction Industry “Good Scout” man of the year for 2012.
Mr. Smith is also working with the City of Tucson, Pima County, the City of Phoenix and the Private Sector to expand the University’s off-campus presence into Arizona’s urban centers. He is currently leading the U of A’s facilities and operations units as they navigate today’s challenging times and plan for a promising future.
Vice President for Financial Services
Nicole serves as Vice President for Financial Services at the University of Arizona. In this role she works with a phenomenal team to address the University’s external and internal financial reporting, coordination of the University’s business offices, maintaining integrated administrative systems, developing and maintaining acceptable levels of administrative and internal control, and devising and implementing best business practices while facilitating the successful execution of the University’s mission. Financial Services plays a vital role in the daily University operations by providing quality financial and business services to support the University’s faculty, staff, and students. The UA has been recognized nationally for its excellence in financial reporting; the Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the UA a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for five years in a row.
Nicole has served the University in various roles in Financial Services for the past six years. Prior to that, her professional background has included experience in medical billing and front and back office administration, as well as conducting intensive work in audit and consulting consisting generally of healthcare, governmental, tribal, and governmental enterprise clients.
Nicole serves and advises on numerous committees and projects at the University of Arizona including the Internal Audit Review Board and Employee-Related-Expense Committee. Nicole has also been a presenter and facilitator at various WACUBO Annual Conferences, Association of Government Accountants events, and the University’s own Financial Administrator Series.
Nicole received her Accounting education as an undergraduate at Northern Arizona University and continued as a Graduate student at the University of New Mexico, completing her Masters in Accounting. She is also participating as a 2019 fellow in the University of Arizona’s Academic Leadership Institute. Nicole holds a CPA license in Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the CFE designation. She is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Association of Government Accountants.