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Martin Hanifin named vice chancellor for administration and finance

December 9, 2013
Martin Hanifin
Martin Hanifin

EAU CLAIRE — Martin Hanifin has been named vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief business officer at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search.

Hanifin, who on Jan. 15 will begin his new duties at UW-Eau Claire, currently is vice president for finance and administration at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Hanifin replaces David Gessner, current vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief business officer, who is stepping down this month after a 32-year career at UW-Eau Claire.

"I am very grateful to David Gessner for his three decades of service to UW-Eau Claire, during which he provided expert stewardship of the university's financial resources and was a valued member of our leadership team," said Chancellor James Schmidt. "Going forward, Martin Hanifin's experiences and strengths will serve UW-Eau Claire well as we transition to new leadership in this area and continue working toward our strategic goals as a university."

As vice chancellor for administration and finance, Hanifin will oversee the development of the annual university budget of approximately $212 million and will provide leadership and vision in financial planning,working with members of UW-Eau Claire's executive staff, student government leaders, senior leadership, University Senate and others in meeting the mission and strategic goals of the university. He will report directly to the chancellor, be a key liaison with the UW System and be responsible for direct management of UW-Eau Claire's administrative and business functions.

"I am delighted to be joining UW-Eau Claire and am appreciative of the opportunity to serve and support such a talented and welcoming university community," Hanifin said. "I look forward to working with Chancellor Schmidt and the campus to ensure that our financial and human resources are aligned to accomplish our goals. I also look forward to being a voice for UW-Eau Claire on administrative and financial matters within the University of Wisconsin System."

Hanifin will be effective in ensuring that UW-Eau Claire maintains the transparency expected of a public university with regard to its finances, and he possesses the skills required to communicate the complexities of university finances to its many stakeholders, Schmidt said.

"Marty also will be a valuable contributor to our leadership team as we look at how we can leverage the assets of the community, combined with those of the university, to meet and even exceed the expectations of our many constituents — including students, alumni, business, local government, the community at large and the legislature," Schmidt said. "He will be a great fit as we work together on goals for the future that will reap benefits for all constituents."

Hanifin said he has goals for both the internal and external focuses he will maintain in the vice chancellor position.

"Internally, I, along with everyone on the vice chancellor staff, will engage the many campus constituencies as an accessible,friendly, reliable and helpful resource," Hanifin said. "Externally, I look forward to working with the University of Wisconsin System and in the community to identify opportunities, effectively advocate for UW-Eau Claire and continue to strengthen UW-Eau Claire and define what it means to be a Blugold."

At Colorado State University-Pueblo, a university of approximately 5,000 students with a $100 million annual budget, Hanifin has been the chief administrative and financial officer since 2012, overseeing budget and fiscal operations, business financial services, facilities, auxiliary services, purchasing and contract services, and human resources.

Hanifin's higher education experience also included positions at the University of Oregon, where he was assistant vice president for administration from 2007-09 and director of administrative services for campus operations from 2010-12. Previously, he worked as a legislative fiscal analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate and in various positions in Vermont state government.

Hanifin received a bachelor's degree in government from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt.; a master's degree in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.; a master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma (where he also was the recipient of the Carl Albert Congressional Fellowship); and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.



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