LaDene Diamond has held CFO positions at large public research universities including, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Controller of The University of California San Francisco (UCSF ) and Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Mills College in Oakland. She has also been the Interim Assistant Vice President and Controller for the University of North Texas in Dallas and Rutgers University in New Jersey.


These positions required leadership of various institution-wide functions including Accounting and Finance, Audit and also Human Resources and Facilities. In Interim positions, she was also part of the search and selection process to hire the permanent position. Both Interim assignments were a
combination of consultancy for special projects and actually holding the Interim CFO position.

 

LaDene holds undergraduate degrees in Accounting, English and Library Science and an MBA. She has held Board positions for non-profits including the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She lives in Oakland California.

 

The attached resume has additional detailed information

 
EXPERIENCE

INTERIM ASSOCIATE VICE PRESIDENT AND UNIVERSITY CONTROLLER (05/2016 – 04/2017)
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


The Associate Vice President and University Controller provides university-wide leadership for financial accounting and compliance for Rutgers, The
State University of New Jersey. Rutgers has over 67,000 students and four major campuses. During this period the Controller’s office completed implementation of a new ERP Oracle Fusion, for General Ledger, Grants, Property Accounting, and a new Chart of Accounts. The Interim Controller was also responsible for the Annual Financial Statement and Audit, and completing and implementing an organizational restructuring to support the ERP.
The Associate Vice President and University Controller oversees over 100 employees and an annual budget in excess of $12 million.

 

INTERIM CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (09/2014 – 06/2015)
Girls Inc. of Alameda County

Provided recommendations and input to the Finance Committee of the Board. Provided an organizational assessment of internal controls, administrative
computing and other operational and financial systems and processes.

 

INTERIM SYSTEM CONTROLLER (03/2014 – 07/2014)
University of North Texas (UNT) Dallas Denton Campuses and Fort Worth Medical Center

Interim System Controller for The University of North Texas System including the Office of the Chancellor. Responsible to complete assessment and
implementation of PeopleSoft Administrative Computing Systems. Restructured the System Consolidated Controller’s Organization and Chaired the
Search Committee to recruit a permanent System Controller.

 

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER CFO/COO (2010 – 2012)
John F. Kennedy University 100 Ellinwood Way Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Responsible for all aspects of managing John F. Kennedy University’s operational and financial matters. Oversaw the offices of Business, Finance, Accounting, Audit, Information Technology, Facilities, Financial Aid and Human Resources. Ensured compliance and alignment of financial
reporting and administrative policy between the University and the National University System.

 

Accomplishments

 

  • Completed assessment of staffing levels, fiscal and operational compliance and controls, and presented "A Three to Five Year Strategic Plan for Information Technology” that was submitted and approved by the Board of Trustees.

  • Developed an annual and a three-year Budget Model and Policy in response to WASC accreditation team's requirements. The subsequent WASC Review resulted in a letter of acceptance recognizing this particular plan and recommending its implementation.

  • Implemented an institutional Administrative Policy Manual and version control process. Introduced over twenty new Board Approved Policies.

  • Chaired Facilities and Administrative Project Team for the 2011 opening of the new San Jose Campus. Enhanced reconciliation and reporting for managerial and financial reporting and identified compliance and controls risks with recommendations and prioritization for corrective actions.


VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION TREASUER TO THE BOARD (2007 – 2010)
Mills College 5000 MacArthur Blvd. Oakland, CA 94613

Responsible for managing all financial matters, including operational and capital budgets, investments, and endowments. Reported to the President and was also responsible to the Board of Trustees. Additional areas of responsibility included managing the Employee Services, Human Resources, and Payroll, Finance, Budget and Accounting, Procurement, Accounts Payable, Sponsored Projects Tax and Audit, and Administrative Information Technology departments.


Chaired the Banner Information Systems assessment project including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Accounts Receivable, and Student Information Systems. Completed the changes and modifications necessary to fully utilize the system functionality.


Accomplishments

 

  • Completed assessment of staffing levels, skill sets and performance of senior staff for VPIT.  Recruited and hired Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Systems, Director of Human Resources, and Director of Payroll Services.

  • Improved budget and operational controls and reporting to ensure both compliance and to provide a better communication vehicle for financial status and budget planning. In February 2009 presented a new two-year budget model and proposal to the Board. The Board acknowledged appreciation of the model and approved it for subsequent reporting periods.

  • Developed sponsored project policies which were approved and distributed with Mills’ new Administrative Policy Manual. The policy manual was also developed and implemented by VPIT and contains over thirty new Board and administration approved policies including signature authority and travel.

  • Developed a task force to implement a differential graduate tuition pricing model.  The proposal was approved by the Board and incorporated into the graduate tuition and fee schedule for the 2009-2010 academic years. The new model has resulted in a substantive increase in graduate net tuition revenue.

  • Developed effective working relationships with Finance and Audit Committee, Investment Committee and Audit Subcommittee chairs, as well as members of the Board.

  • Provided financial and administrative support to colleagues and excellent customer services to faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders.

 

ASSISTANT VICE CHANCELLOR AND CONTROLLER (2003 – 2007)
University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) 613 Parnassus Ave. S126 San Francisco, CA 94143

Responsible for the managing and oversight of the campus core financial and accounting activities, administrative computing systems, and internal control and accountability policy and programs.


Chaired the task force to access the PeopleSoft Accounting Systems including General Ledger, Accounts Payable, Purchasing, Accounts Receivable, and Student Information Systems. Then made changes and modifications necessary to fully utilize the System functionality.


Chaired the task force to implement Contract and Grant Accounting module. UCSF billed over $800 million in annual sponsored research.


Managed General and Capital Accounting, Administrative Computing Systems, Audit and Reporting, and Payroll for approximately 17,000 employees and a $2 billion annual budget. Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Campus Compliance and Internal Controls Committee and as the Assistant Treasurer of the UCSF Foundation.


Accomplishments

 

  • Restructured and implemented the Accounting Operations recruiting and hiring process. This included hiring four Assistant Controllers, approximately forty managers, supervisors, professional accountants, and data and budget analysts.

  • Directed the selection and final implementation of five enterprise-wide software applications.

  • Reduced outstanding audit corrective actions from over 100 to less than 10.

 

ASSOCIATE CONTROLLER AND ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT (1983– 2003)
The University of New Mexico (UNM) Albuquerque, New Mexico

 

Held a variety of increasingly responsible positions at UNM including Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services, Associate Controller, and University Bursar. Oversaw student activities including cashiering, financial aid and student accounting. Left UNM in 2003 when recruited to UCSF.


Accomplishments

 

  • Primary affirmative action officer for the division of Business & Finance. Assisted in developing, writing and maintaining "The Guidebook for the Recruitment and Hiring of Administrators and Professional Staff" which is used by Business and Finance search and

  • screening committees.

  • Served as advisory member to Business and Finance Search Committees with respect to institutional and divisional affirmative action goals and objectives.

  • Developed and implemented the Alternative Career Paths Program. Program goal to provide increasing numbers of women and minorities the opportunity to advance and achieve life long career and personal goals and objectives. Implemented the pilot program with five senior managers in the controller's organization participating in a year-long job exchange internship.

  • Served as Chair for the Selection Committee and developed a program which included job exchanges, flexible work schedules and professional development components with participants from different departments.

 

 

EDUCATION

 
Bachelor of Arts
College of St. Catherine, St. Paul Minnesota
Double Major English Literature and Library Science


Master of Business Administration
New Mexico Highlands University, Albuquerque New Mexico

 


BOARDS AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
 

Western Association of College and University Business Officers (WACUBO)   (1994-2000)
Treasurer and Member


Jewish Family and Children’s Services - East Bay   (2013-2014)
Corporate Sponsor Recruitment


Friends of the San Francisco Public Library   (2013-Present)
Board of Directors - Audit and Finance Committee

Board of Directors   (2013-Present)
Board Treasurer   (2015-Present)
Executive Committee   (2015-Present)


Girls Inc.   (2013-2014)
Women of Impact – Friends of the Board
 

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