Saint Mary's Names Susan Wallace New Vice President for Finance and Administration

Susan H. Wallace, Saint Mary's newly appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration.Saint Mary's College announces the appointment of Susan H. Wallace as Vice President for Finance and Administration. Wallace possesses extensive leadership, financial management, and administrative experience. She is a highly regarded higher education administrator and was selected after a competitive national search. Her appointment will begin Jan. 2, 2017.

Wallace will report to Saint Mary's President James Donahue and will serve as a member of the president’s cabinet, which advises Donahue’s office on issues of significance to Saint Mary’s.

President Donahue said he was extremely pleased to have Wallace join Saint Mary's. “She has an impressive record in financial management, has fostered successful growth opportunities for major academic institutions, and understands the nuances of navigating the market forces impacting the landscape of higher education. The College is fortunate to have her among our executive team.”

"Ms. Wallace also holds great enthusiasm for, and a commitment to, the Lasallian, Catholic mission of Saint Mary’s," Donahue added. "I encourage our community members to welcome her to the College.”

Wallace said she was honored and extremely grateful to be selected for the opportunity to join Saint Mary's. "I look forward to collaborating with the College's leadership to advance the institution's strategic goals in alignment with Saint Mary’s Lasallian mission," said Wallace. 

Wallace has served as the chief financial officer in several not-for-profit entities with total assets ranging up to $350 million. She brings to Saint Mary’s a proven history of management experience in financial functions, system implementations, and business process improvements. For more than five years, she served as the vice president of finance and operations and chief financial officer for the Erikson Institute, a renowned child development graduate school, where she was responsible for the institution’s financial, information, technology, facilities and human resources operations.

Prior to Erikson, she served as the vice president and chief financial officer for the Illinois Institute of Technology. She also served as the chief financial officer for The Poetry Foundation, and through collaboration with the president and the board, helped the nonprofit startup become one of the most significant literary foundations in the world.

Wallace’s background also includes Catholic higher education experience. She served as the vice president for finance and chief financial officer at DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the United States.

Wallace is committed to giving back. She currently serves on the board of the Catalyst Schools. Located on Chicago’s south and west sides, the urban charter schools are rooted in the De La Salle Christian Brothers mission of providing educational access to students from under-resourced communities.

Wallace earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from Bradley University and her master’s in business administration, with a concentration in finance, from DePaul University.


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