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Tony Wagner announces leadership update in the Division of Finance and Operations

July 24, 2019

Tony Wagner, the executive vice president of finance and operations is announcing changes to the roles and responsibilities of several members within the Division of Finance and Operations. The Board of Trustees was recently briefed about these changes, which will enable the University to drive student success, operational excellence and increased efficiencies across the entire University as it continues its focus on quality, efficiency and relevance. The following leaders within the division will assume new responsibilities:

Steve Crump, has been named the University’s chief financial officer (CFO), reporting to Tony Wagner, executive vice president of finance and operations (EVP). Crump recently served as interim CFO while the University conducted a search for its current EVP and will provide critical leadership in establishing the CFO role within the division. In this role, Crump will consolidate and lead all of the University’s financial functions to enhance efficiency across the institution.

Rick Petillo has been named interim director of budget and analytics. In this role, Petillo will direct and oversee the budget, financial planning and analytics functions while the University conducts a national search to fill a position which will combine two existing positions. In addition to leading this team, Petillo will assist Crump in establishing the role of CFO within the division and will retain his current responsibilities as the director of debt and capital financing, managing the University’s balance sheet, credit rating and capital financing.

Sherri Rowland has been named Clemson’s associate vice president and university controller having previously served as interim controller. Rowland was named controller as part of a national search which attracted many qualified candidates. Since joining the University in 2008, Rowland has demonstrated leadership in key areas within the controller’s office, including her most recent role as interim controller. Rowland will continue to drive improvements, efficiencies and success in a group that has been nationally recognized for its excellence, accuracy and timeliness.

This reorganization of the leadership within the Division of Finance and Operations required no new funding or hiring.