The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (VCFA). This is an exciting time for the University and the division, and a dynamic leader will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact.
The University seeks an experienced, entrepreneurial and energetic leader to work in partnership with Chancellor Steven Angle, a team of academic and administrative leaders and the existing divisional staff to sustain the institution’s considerable momentum. Under the current administration, UTC has assembled a vibrant leadership core as well as highly qualified team in the division of finance and administration.
UTC is part of the University of Tennessee System and serves a diverse student body of nearly 11,500 undergraduate and graduate students. The four academic colleges and the Graduate School offer 47 baccalaureate degrees with 88 program concentrations; 22 graduate certificate programs; 22 master's programs with 52 program concentrations, an education specialist program with 4 program concentrations, and 6 doctoral degrees with 6 program concentrations. Two additional units are led by deans: the Honors College and Library. UTC has ten Chairs of Excellence, an array of endowed professorships and the UTC SimCenter for Computational Engineering, along with a companion PhD program. And the University’s Division-I (Southern Conference) athletic program has been expanded and strengthened measurably over the past several years, producing very positive results for student-athletes, the University and boosters alike.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is a driving force for achieving excellence by actively engaging students, faculty and staff, embracing diversity and inclusion, inspiring positive change and enriching and sustaining our community.
- We believe that students are the reason our institution exists.
- We affirm the essential function of a liberal arts education.
- We commit to transformational engagement with our community.
- We nurture a culture of creativity, scholarship and innovation.
- We embrace diversity and inclusion.
- We pursue excellence in all that we do.
- We live integrity and civility.
At UTC, we boldly embrace a passion for excellence in all that we do, as we change lives and transform communities. We prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow, collaborating with community partners, faculty and staff to find real-world solutions. UTC remains committed to transformational student success and community engagement. Our focus is on what we do and on doing it well, and a new 2025 Strategic Plan underscores the imperative to effectively steward our resources – human, financial, and physical.
The division of finance and administration at UTC is responsible for budget and financial management, business services, human resources, facilities and operations, emergency services, and auxiliary enterprises. The Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration serves as the institution’s chief business officer and serves on the cabinet (“executive leadership team”), reporting directly to the Chancellor. The position also serves as a financial liaison to the UTC Campus Advisory Board, the University of Tennessee System, and the University of Chattanooga Foundation.
The division includes over 200 full-time team members, plus an additional 250 temporary and contract team members. The institution’s combined annual operating and restricted budget has surpassed $300 million annually. The campus has more than $400 million of capital projects in either the planning, design, or construction phases.
The physical footprint of the campus spans more than three million square feet, including both new facilities and those that have been around for over a century, which are located on 140 acres in the heart of downtown Chattanooga. With 1,400 regular full-time employees, the division is responsible for actively supporting them through a comprehensive personnel management strategy, affirming our values and enhancing the campus culture. In addition, ensuring the safety of the campus through the campus police department and a robust safety and risk management program is a top priority.
The ideal candidate must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Additional relevant credentials, such as an MBA or CPA are welcome. The University has established the following attributes and competencies on which to evaluate and assess potential candidates:
- Impeccable integrity;
- A demonstrated understanding of the division’s portfolio;
- Significant professional experience leading finance and administrative teams;
- Executive presence and the ability to create a strong public impression, both individually and institutionally;
- Demonstrated experience developing and collaboratively leading a team of professionals, aligning their efforts with the University’s leadership and producing measurable impact;
- Strategic thinking and planning skills.
There has never been a more exciting time to be at UTC, and there has never been a more impactful role from which to make an impact on the future of the institution and those we serve.
For priority consideration, an application package should be submitted by August 1, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. Application materials must include (1) a letter of interest, which addresses the applicant's qualifications for, and interest in, the position; (2) a current CV/resume; and (3) the names, email, business addresses, and telephone numbers of at least five references. Submission of materials as either a Word or PDF file is required.
Electronic submissions should be emailed, with “UTC VCFA” in the subject line, to:
Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
[email protected] || [email protected]
Phone: 770-804-1996 ext.: 117 Fax: 770-804-1917
Individuals wishing to nominate candidates for the position should submit the person's name and institution to the search firm at the contact information above. Additional information (including contact information and comments) is welcome but not required.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.
v.5 – 05/20/22