Vice President of Finance & Administration

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Deborah Newsom

The Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer is the chief financial and chief business officer of the  University and reports directly to the President.  The Vice President acts as the staff liaison for three standing committees of the University’s Board of Trustees:  Finance, Administration and Investment Committee; Audit Committee; and Buildings and Grounds Committee.  The Vice President serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and is directly involved in strategic decisions affecting the future of the University. ‌

  Finance & Administration Org Chart




Five Principal Goals:

  • Enhance the long-term financial health of Drake University
  • Ensure that resource allocation is aligned with the University's strategic priorities
  • Provide competitive and safe environment
  • Facilitate and monitor a competitive salary and benefit package for all faculty and staff
  • Mitigate institutional risk and preserve University assets
University News
December 17, 2014
Drake University has been named to the Kiplinger's Personal Finance list of 100 best values in private universities for 2015, coming in at No. 34.