Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration

Texas Christian University seeks a new Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration to help lead the institution’s future progression and sustainable growth.

About TCU & Fort Worth

Four students standing in front of Frog FountainFounded in 1873, TCU is ranked among the top 100 national universities by U.S. News & World Report, and its 9,700 undergraduates represent 76 countries and more than 60 faiths. Current enrollment stands at 11,379, with 717 full-time faculty members. TCU offers 116 areas of undergraduate, 72 master’s level, and 38 doctoral areas of study delivered in a friendly, mentoring culture. Nearly half of all undergraduates live on campus, and The Princeton Review ranks TCU’s residence halls and quality of student life #4 in the nation. The tree-lined suburban campus (ranked #20 most beautiful by The Princeton Review) is located five miles from downtown Fort Worth. The University has ten schools and colleges, including an Honors College and a new school of medicine, operated in collaboration with the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.

Large group of TCU studentsAs of June 2021, TCU’s endowment was $2.1 billion. The university’s healthy financial condition has enabled it to significantly increase new scholarships and other financial aid, endowed chairs and professorships, and support for new programs and academic initiatives, as well as vigorous development and maintenance of residential and academic buildings. TCU is now embarking on the next phase of its strategic plan Vision in Action: Lead On. In April 2018, the TCU Board of Trustees and administration approved a comprehensive fundraising campaign with a working goal of $1 billion. The primary focus of this campaign will be to secure significant support for people and programs and increase TCU’s endowment.

Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the United States with a population of 927,720 in 2020. It is known for its attractive cultural, educational, and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world-class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier venues in the country, home to world-class touring productions; resident dance, music, and opera companies; and performances by TCU students and faculty. In 2018 Fort Worth had the 6th highest population growth among any large U.S. city and in 2014 was named #1 in the livability.com list of Top Ten Downtowns in the country.

About the DFW Metroplex

Fort Worth skylineFort Worth, Texas, is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. The DFW Metroplex was the fastest growing metro area in the U.S. during the 2010s. As of the year 2021, over 20 Fortune 500 companies and over 10,000 corporate headquarters call the DFW metroplex home. This vital economic area is adding over 100,000 jobs per year and had an unemployment rate of 3.6% in April 2018, well below the national unemployment rate. More broadly, the North Texas region is one of the most vibrant economic regions within the United States. AllianceTexas in north Fort Worth is the nation’s largest inland port with 488 companies utilizing its logistics and distribution center. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a major hub that provides direct connections for easy access to most major cities in the U.S. and many international destinations. Other universities within the DFW Metroplex include Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, Texas Wesleyan University, Paul Quinn College, Tarrant County College and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Students in a Communications Studies classroom

QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE VICE CHANCELLOR POSITION

Required Qualifications:

  • Master in Business Administration, Finance, or related field
  • 12+ years’ experience in directing strategic planning and financial management with considerable experience leading in higher education or complex business enterprise environments; experience overseeing or leading the physical operations of a university or similar operation
  • Demonstrated experience leading high-performing teams

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration is responsible for the optimization of fiscal and physical resources across the university. The VCFA inspires the highest standards of financial performance, strategic planning, and facilities utilization to meet and anticipate needs for the execution of the University’s academic mission. The VCFA is a key member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and works collaboratively with other members of the Executive Team. The VCFA’s duties and essential job functions include:

  • Ensuring success of financial programs and the University’s facilities by leading the development plans and policies to support these areas
  • Serving as financial advisor to the Chancellor and Board of Trustees
  • Providing support for the Board of Trustees Fiscal Affairs Committee, Audit Risk and Compliance Committee, Investment Committee, and Building and Grounds Committee
  • Working closely with the University’s Chief Investment Officer in the management of investment business processes and endowment accounting
  • Participating in establishing University-wide strategic goals by directing the gathering of pertinent business, financial, service, and operations information; developing budgets and long-range financial forecasts to guide management decisions; identifying and evaluating trends and options; choosing a course of action; defining objectives; evaluating outcomes
  • Leading the organization planning for all financial functions including accounting, finance, budget, insurance, tax and treasury, designing, and coordinating a wide variety of accounting and statistical data and reports
  • Supporting the University’s enterprise risk management and internal audit programs
  • Providing oversight to all aspects of facilities operations, campus planning and capital construction
  • Incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) into all aspects and scope of responsibility including, but not limited to, seeking vendors within the local community and/or that are women and minority owned
  • Leading with Inclusive Excellence as a foundation
  • Leading a dynamic team of dedicated, talented, and experienced professionals who are responsible for all financial and physical aspects of the University
  • Leading the University efforts to develop and operate with sound financial policies, procedures, and internal controls
  • Serving the University community by meeting or exceeding expectations through responsive and reliable management of University resources
  • Serving as a strategic partner at the Cabinet level to develop models and assist with resource allocation and operational strategies
  • Performing other related duties as assigned

APPLICATION AND NOMINATION PROCESS

The preferred start date for the next Vice Chancellor is January 1, 2022.  Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2021, and continue until a suitable candidate is found. Please submit nominations or expressions of interest (including a current résumé/CV, a letter of interest and a DEI statement) to our consultant at the address below:

TCU Vice Chancellor Search
William Funk & Associates
2911 Turtle Creek Blvd., Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75219
Email: krisha.creal@rwilliamfunk.com
Fax: 214/295-3312

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Texas Christian University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with a strong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying our workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status and any other basis protected by law.