Albany – The State University of New York Board of Trustees
today voted unanimously to name James R. Van Voorst interim vice chancellor for
finance and administration effective immediately. Currently, he is vice
president for administration at Binghamton University.
A Certified Public
Accountant, Van Voorst has more than 35 years of professional experience in accounting,
financial management and budget development, with 28 of those years in higher
education. He holds degrees from the State University of New York at Albany, Siena College, and Hudson Valley Community College.
“Jim Van Voorst has
demonstrated his considerable skill in the complex fiscal affairs of public
higher education over an extended period of time and I am pleased he is joining
the chancellor’s senior staff,” said SUNY Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden.
“Jim’s extensive experience
and success on two SUNY campuses and at the University of Massachusetts,
combined with his two SUNY degrees make him ideally suited to take on the
challenges of the chief financial officer of the largest comprehensive system
of higher education in the nation,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor John B. Clark.
“I thank the Board of
Trustees for appointing me to this position and I am grateful for the support
and confidence of Interim Chancellor Clark,” said Van Voorst.
The Board’s appointment
follows a search where a committee composed of four campus senior officers and
four staff members from System Administration selected three candidates for
interviews. Each candidate was interviewed by the chancellor and members of
his senior staff. Van Voorst was then nominated by the chancellor to fill the interim
vice chancellor for finance and administration position. He has been serving
as senior advisor to the chancellor since April 17.
Van Voorst succeeds Kimberly
Cline, who recently assumed the presidency at Mercy College.
James R. Van Voorst
As vice president for
administration at Binghamton University Van Voorst is responsible for the university’s
budget, business services, human resources, information technology services,
campus police, emergency response and recovery, legal services, affirmative
action, internal audit, compliance and internal controls, auxiliary services
and physical facilities, including physical plant maintenance and design and
Previously, he served as
assistant, and then associate, vice president for administration at Binghamton University from 2000 to 2005. His significant achievements included a complete
redesign of campus fiscal processes while implementing an Oracle based campus
management system, establishment of a campus-wide pricing program,
restructuring of the campus budget process, and redesign of the campus internal
As Controller of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst beginning in 1998 and ending in 2000, Van Voorst
supervised a staff in the management of all state, operating and research funds
of the Amherst campus, the largest campus of the University of Massachusetts system. He was also responsible for development of the campus audited financial
statements, student collection operations and audit coordination with
internal/external auditors. Prior to that, Van Voorst was the university accountant
for the State University at Albany starting in1980 and ending in 1998, and auditor
in the New York State Office of the State Comptroller, Bureau of Field Audit from
1973 through 1980.
Van Voorst earned a Master of
Science from the University at Albany, a Bachelor of Science from Siena College, and an Associate in Applied Science from Hudson Valley Community College.
As interim vice chancellor
at System Administration, Van Voorst retains his campus oversight
responsibilities. While serving full-time as interim vice chancellor for
finance and administration, Van Voorst may if needed engage his campus
leadership to address policy and/or other issues regarding his input.
Van Voorst will have an
annual salary of $235,000.
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