RH Perry & Associates Recruits CFO for California State University Stanislaus

October 17, 2022 – Asheville, NC-based RH Perry & Associates has assisted in the recruitment of Christene James as the new vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer of California State University Stanislaus in Turlock. Leading the assignment were Sue DeWine, senior consultant, and Paul G. Doeg, president and chief operating officer. “Ms. James is a highly resourceful senior leader with experience directing growth and leading operational excellence,” said Ellen Junn, president of the school. “She has more than 25 years of experience in higher education and has worked in various roles and with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community stakeholders.”

Ms. James will join California State University Stanislaus on Jan. 27 from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she serves as vice president for finance and administration and chief information officer. Prior to that, she was assistant dean for finance and administration for the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.

In her new position, Ms. James’ duties will include responsibilities over general management oversight, financial operations, auxiliary operations, facilities operations, and the office of technology. She will have responsibilities involving general management oversight include advising the president on administrative, business, and finance matters in the development of goals and objectives to meet the total institutional needs across all divisions. Ms. James will also formulate, plan, improve, and implement campus-wide administrative policies and procedures. Planning, developing, and evaluating the university’s administrative and information technology programs and services are also critical to the role.

In regard to financial operations, Ms. James will be charged with directing financial operations, including budgeting, accounting, procurement, purchasing and cash, risk, and asset management. She will also be expected to assure that state administrative operations both serve the needs of the campus and comply with all state, federal, and GAAP audit requirements.

“I am excited and thankful that the CSU community has asked me to join the team,” said Ms. James. “I look forward to meeting the challenges and opportunities this position will provide. I hope to support the faculty, staff, and students in meeting their goals.”

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The California state legislature established Stanislaus State College in 1957 as the 15th campus of the California State University system. In 1985, the college was officially renamed California State University Stanislaus. The university offers 45 undergraduate programs and 14 graduate programs. Its student to faculty ratio is 22:1. It has four colleges: the College of Business Administration; the College of Education, Kinesiology, and Social Work; the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; and the College of Science.

Respected Recruiters

Established in 1974, RH Perry has conducted over 1,000 higher education searches. The firm’s higher education practice consists of senior-level executives with a well-balanced mix of college and university presidential experience, senior administrative experience, and executive search expertise. Founded by Robert H. Perry, the firm also has offices in California, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Dr. DeWine has 45 years of experience as a higher education administrator, and fundraiser. She joined RH Perry & Associates in 2015 after more than 40 years in higher education. She has had a successful career in academe with extensive experience as an administrator, fundraiser, and communication consultant. She was a full professor and consultant to industry in a large public institution and provost and president at two small private colleges. Her expertise is academics.

Mr. Doeg joined RH Perry & Associates in 2001 and is based in Asheville, NC. In 2012, he was promoted to chief operating officer and in 2016 he was named president of the firm. In tandem with managing partner Matt Kilcoyne, Mr. Doeg is responsible for leading and managing the firm’s corps of senior consultants and senior associates. He is also responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities for the firm.

Related: Why Universities Have Stepped Up Efforts to Involve Search Firms

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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