Robert Butler Appointed as AVP Finance, Emerson College

NEW YORK, N.Y., April 2018 – Bridge Partners is delighted to announce the appointment of Robert Butler as AVP Finance at Emerson College.

In his new role at Emerson College (, Robert will be a key member of the finance team, responsible for oversight of the budget and planning, treasury services, and controller functions. In addition to leading initiatives in several key areas, he will provide oversight and influence in the financial and business operations across the Emerson campuses in Boston, Los Angeles and The Netherlands.

Before joining the Emerson team, Robert was with Grant Thornton as Tax Services practice leader of the Metro New York/New England market territory’s Not-for-Profit practice.

Prior he spent more than 20 years working with higher education and not-for-profit institutions, most recently serving as controller of Brandeis University, overseeing the general accounting office, accounts payable, payroll, and sponsored programs accounting, working closely with the audit committee, financial systems and reporting, and all departments throughout the university.

Earlier he led the KPMG exempt organization tax team, and worked with the Massachusetts attorney general’s office focusing on public oversight and proper governance of public charities and corporate entities.

About Bridge Partners

Bridge Partners is an executive search firm with a unique expertise in attracting and retaining senior, global, diverse executives. Clients include major corporations, nonprofits, public sector, and entrepreneurial organizations across the US and around the world. What they have in common is a desire to adapt to a changing global market and a commitment to diversifying their leadership teams as a result.

Bridge Partners is a minority-owned retained search firm with offices in New York, Washington DC and Boston. Over nearly 15 years, the firm has developed an international reputation for its diversity-inclusion focus and client-oriented approach to executive search, successfully recruiting leaders for clients that include Edward Jones, Novartis, General Electric, Kaiser Permanente, Blue Cross Blue Shield, YMCA, Owens Corning, Acumen, Sodexo, Starbucks, Sullivan & Cromwell, Gallaudet University, TIAA-CREF and USAA.

Tory Clarke
Co-Founder & Partner

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