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Janet Waldron to join UNT System as vice chancellor for finance

UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson announced April 8 the appointment of Janet Waldron as vice chancellor for finance. 

Waldron, who currently is senior vice president for administration and finance at the University of Maine and who previously served as the State of Maine’s Commissioner of Finance and Administration, will join the UNT System April 28. She replaces Terry Pankratz, who became vice president of finance at UT Dallas in 2012.

“Janet’s deep experience will be extremely valuable in her direction of the UNT System’s financial and business operations,” Jackson said. “The UNT System has become a higher education leader in the redesign and sharing of administrative support services. Janet Waldron's experience will help us achieve our goals for efficiency, accountability and customer service as we implement a comprehensive upgrade of our financial records system including a major redesign of the PeopleSoft financial and human resource applications. Under Janet's leadership, our system administration also will assume responsibility for key financial functions and personnel which have historically operated independently on our three campuses.”

As vice chancellor for finance, Waldron will oversee system-wide financial planning and analysis, including coordination of the annual institution budgets within the UNT System. She will be responsible for the system offices of Budget, Business Services, Controller, Treasurer and Information Technology. These offices provide centralized, shared services to all UNT System institutions.

“I am excited that a financial leader with extensive experience in both state government and higher education administration will be joining us at the end of the month. Janet has been very successful in helping the University of Maine develop and grow in size and quality during financially challenging times,” Jackson said. “She is valued by her president and campus, and was not seeking another position when we first contacted her. I’m very pleased that she was willing to learn more about our system, the dynamic North Texas region, and the underlying economic strength of the state of Texas and finally accepted an offer to join us.”

Waldron has more than 30 years of experience leading strategic business administration and operations in highly complex organizations. She has had key involvement in financial management and budgeting, information technology, human resource management and employee relations, and capital facilities management. She has been with the University of Maine since 2003 and spent the eight years prior as the State of Maine’s chief financial officer after more than 15 years working within the government offices for the State of Maine.

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with Chancellor Lee Jackson and the University of North Texas System leadership. The senior leadership team is highly experienced and committed to increasing educational opportunities for the citizens of Texas,” Waldron said. "It will be a privilege to be part of advancing UNT's strategic priorities."

Waldron has been elected to the council on business affairs for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities serving as chair in 2013 and 2009. She is a board member for The Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association and a fellow for the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Center among many other appointments.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and has studied at Dartmouth College, the University of Maine and Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Posted on: Tue 08 April 2014

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