I am pleased to share with you that Jason D. Dudich has accepted the offer to become our vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at the University. Jason, who currently serves as the budget director for the State of Indiana, will join us in June following the conclusion of the 2019 legislative session.
In his current role, Jason oversees the state’s $34 billion annual operating and capital budget collaborating with Gov. Eric Holcomb and staff, the Indiana General Assembly and state agency directors on fiscal policy, overall budget management and state policy issues. Prior to serving at the State of Indiana, Jason worked overseeing the finances and administrations of the State of Illinois, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, the City of Indianapolis and the Office of the Mayor, where he served as controller and then chief of staff for former Mayor Greg Ballard.
Jason’s reputation for collaboration and innovation complements his deep understanding and expertise in managing the complexities of financial management, and finding paths to support prioritized institutional initiatives. As CFO, Jason will provide leadership and oversight for all aspects of the University’s financial administration including development and administration of financial policies and procedures; accounting; external auditing; accounts payable and receivable; insurance programs; benefits plans; operating and capital budgets; capital projects financing; management over the University’s relationships with credit rating agencies and lenders; and management of the University’s real estate portfolio and various third-party relationships with outsourced investment managers for endowed assets.
Thank you for your patience as we completed a comprehensive national search that attracted a pool of diverse and experienced candidates resulting in Jason’s appointment. I have appreciated the commitment from our University community during this search process as well as your participation in the candidate interviews, candidate forums and the feedback from faculty, staff and trustees. A special thank-you also goes to Jodi Purtee and the staff of the finance and accounting offices for their dedication and efforts during the search. I have been so impressed with their professionalism and customer service.
In the coming weeks, Jason will be on campus as we begin the transition process. I look forward to introducing you to Jason, and I hope you will join me in welcoming him to our community.
President Rob L. Manuel