Thursday December 18, 2014

Horner Named New Finance VP

Andrew Horner, vice president for research finance and operations at Boston University, has been named vice president for finance and administrative services at the University of Dayton, following a national search.

He begins the position Jan. 12.

Horner, who brings 15 years of broad financial and operational experience in higher education to the role, said he was attracted to the University of Dayton because of its strong enrollment, healthy finances, strong leadership and Catholic character. 

It's also a homecoming. Horner's wife, Sarah, was raised in Dayton, where her parents still reside. The couple was married here. 

"I feel incredibly blessed to have been appointed to this critical role at the University of Dayton. I look forward to partnering with the leadership and trustees to ensure we provide world-class administrative and financial services to our faculty and students," Horner said. 

University of Dayton President Daniel J. Curran said the search committee, trustees and the campus community were impressed with Horner’s energy and experience. "His experience in higher education goes well beyond his role at Boston University," Curran said. "He will be a strong addition to our leadership team." 

In his role at Boston University, Horner oversees the administrative infrastructure of a research portfolio of nearly $400 million as well as sourcing and procurement services. He has extensive responsibility across a range of other business, technology and administrative areas. He was promoted twice in the past four years. 

Previously, he spent 11 years as a consultant for Arthur Andersen & Huron Consulting Group, where he worked with more than 20 major research university and hospital clients. During that time, he spent four years at Yale University, serving as director of grant and contract financial administration while also leading a team responsible for an overhaul of a broad range of administrative services. Prior to that, he spent three years at George Washington University where he served in a variety of central and unit administrative roles. His consulting experience includes financial modeling, fiscal control and strategic planning. 

At the University of Dayton, Horner will provide financial stewardship over an annual budget of $405.7 million, an endowment of $518.2 million and net assets that have reached nearly $1.5 billion. 

Horner holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Boston University. 

Horner succeeds Tom Burkhardt, who retires this month after 22 years of service. 

The University of Dayton is the largest private university in Ohio and ranks as a top-tier national Catholic research university. It was founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists), a Roman Catholic teaching order.

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