UT Martin hosts open forums for chief business officer
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Matthew Bierman will speak during the first forum March 12. Bierman is currently vice president for administrative services at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. He has been with Western Illinois University since 1999 when he started as complex director and has since held the posts of both assistant director and director of residential facilities, director of university budget, and interim director of business and financial services before beginning his current position in 2016.
Bierman holds a bachelor’s degree in information management from Western Illinois University; a master’s degree in student affairs administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; and a master of business administration in finance and supply change management, also from Western Illinois University.
Petra McPhearson will participate in a forum March 13. She has served as interim vice chancellor for finance and administration at UT Martin since January 2016. She began working for UT Martin in 2011, and served as both interim director and director of budget and management reporting. Before coming to Martin, she held several positions with the UT Health Science Center in Memphis and Bethel University in McKenzie.
McPhearson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, and a master’s degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Paul Edwards is the third finalist and will speak during an open forum Wednesday, March 14.
Edwards is currently assistant dean of finance and administration in the College of Health Professionals at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis, a post he has held since 2016. Before accepting this position, he served as both adjunct professor of accounting and manager of accounting at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia; assistant vice president for business affairs at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky; and senior accountant at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
Edwards holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Liberty University. He has also earned a master’s degree in accounting from the University of South Florida and a master of business administration degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Marilee Montanaro is the final candidate and will present her open forum Friday, March 16. Montanaro is the director for finance and administration for Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. She has held this position since 2013 after serving as director of financial reporting and projects at the Rochester Institute of Technology and holding several previous positions at the University of Rochester.
Montanaro holds both a bachelor’s degree in health and society and a master of business administration degree from the University of Rochester, as well as a doctoral degree in education from St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
The vice chancellor for finance and administration is a member of the chancellor’s leadership team. This position oversees the areas of budget and management reporting, business services, the bursar’s office, human resources, physical plant administration, public safety, contracts, the university bookstore, environmental health and safety, and emergency management.
“The vice chancellor for finance and administration plays a vital role in helping UT Martin remain a top-choice regional institution,” said Carver. “I am confident we will find a candidate who can help us reach our goals and make future Skyhawks proud to call UT Martin home.”
The search committee includes both faculty and staff members as well as student representation. Dr. Lynn Alexander, dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, is serving as committee chairperson. Other committee members are:
• Amy Belew, interim chief information officer, Office of Information Technology
• Bill Brundige, human resources specialist, Office of Human Resources
• Phyllis Hammer, administrative support assistant, Department of Public Safety, representing the Employee Relations Council
• Dr. Renee LaFleur, associate professor, Department of History and Philosophy, representing the Faculty Senate
• Dr. Jamie Mantooth, executive director, Office of Enrollment Services and Student Engagement
• Gina McClure, assistant vice chancellor for student and residential life, Office of Student Life
• Dr. Desiree McCullough, director, Office of Institutional Research
• Kurt McGuffin, director, Office of Intercollegiate Athletics
• Tim Nipp, director, UT Martin Physical Plant
• Dr. Simpfronia Taylor, director, UT Martin Ripley Center
• Holly Seng, a junior communications major from Union City and representative of the Student Government Association
Ashlie Czyz, director of human resources programs and executive recruiter for the University of
Tennessee System, is serving as executive recruiter for this position. For more information or to view full finalist resumes, visit utm.edu/vcfasearch.
PHOTO ID: Headshots of each candidate are provided.