Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance Candidates

Business and Finance Vice Chancellor Search Candidates

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Joe Trubacz

Joe Trubacz

Campus Visit Date

November 6

Online Evaluation

Joe Trubacz is the Regional Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. He has more than 27 years of financial and administrative experience. Prior to his present position, Trubacz served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Colorado School of Mines. He previously spent over two decades with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska System.

Trubacz received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and MBA from New Hampshire College, now known as Southern New Hampshire University.

Leisa Julian

Leisa Julian

Campus Visit Date

November 7

Online Evaluation

As The University of Kansas’ Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer, Leisa Julian is responsible for the financial stewardship of the University, including capital and operating budgets, financial affairs and reporting, and debt management.

Prior to joining KU in February 2016, Julian was Associate Vice President for Business & Auxiliary Services at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from 2005-2016. In that role, she oversaw the financial and administrative operations of Campus Dining, Contracts, Emens Auditorium & Pruis Hall, Conferences & Special Events, Central Mail, Printing Services, Bookstore, Purchasing Services, Risk Management and Insurance, Real Estate, and Sports Facilities & Recreation Services. Julian previously served as General Counsel and CFO for the Indiana Public Employees’ Retirement Fund in Indianapolis, one of the largest pension funds in the U.S., and as City Controller for the City of Anderson, Indiana, one of the largest municipalities in the state. She earned her undergraduate degree and M.B.A. from Ball State University, J.D. degree from Indiana University, and was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1989.

Scott Sahagian

Scott Sahagian

Campus Visit Date

November 8

Online Evaluation

Scott Sahagian serves as the Executive Administrative Dean for Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the Arts and Sciences leadership, Dean Sahagian has been involved in developing all aspects of the administrative infrastructure for the School of Engineering, directly supervising the areas of finance, space, information technology, and personnel. Before Tufts, he was the Chief Administrative Officer of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. He began at Brandeis as the Associate Director of the Schneider Institute for Health Policy, where his responsibilities included the management of the university's largest research unit. From 1991 to 1995, he was the Administrative Officer at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dean Sahagian has also worked in numerous positions in the YMCA, serving as Executive Director in several communities before working in academia.

He currently serves on several community and religious boards including the Center for Long Term Health and Aging and the Armenian Church at Hye Pointe. He has several published articles in the area of customer service and management. Dean Sahagian holds a B.S. from Salem State College and an M.B.A with a concentration in finance from Suffolk University.

Bruce Bollinger

Bruce Bollinger

Campus Visit Date

November 9

Online Evaluation

Mr. Bruce Bollinger was appointed Vice President for Finance and Administration at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in July 2010, after serving as the interim Vice President. As the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Bruce serves as the chief financial officer for NDSU, overseeing all financial operations for the Main Campus, the ND Forest Service, and NDSU-Agriculture. He provides the leadership, oversight, and management of all aspects of the financial and administrative operations and resources of the campus, reports directly to the NDSU President and serves on the President’s Cabinet.

Prior to his appointment, Bruce served in several progressively responsible financial management roles over his more than 25 years of higher education service to North Dakota State University, most recently as the director of the Agriculture Budget Office and of Agriculture Facilities. His tenure also includes positions as the director of the offices of Restricted Fund Accounting and Cost Accounting, as assistant to the Controller, and as grants and contracts officer in the Restricted Fund Accounting Office. He earned a bachelor’s degree with majors in Accounting and Business Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration from North Dakota State University.

Bruce is active in several professional arenas, as well, including: Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce Public Affairs Committee; Mapleton (North Dakota) Township Board; North Dakota University System committees; National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); and the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission as peer reviewer. He regularly testifies on behalf of the University to the Governor’s Office and in legislative sessions and represents NDSU’s interest to the State Board of Higher Education and the State Auditor’s Office.