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Vinzant Named UW Vice President for Administration

April 17, 2009
Douglas H. Vinzant

Douglas H. Vinzant, University of Illinois (Urbana) senior associate vice president for planning and administration, has been named vice president for administration at the University of Wyoming.

He will begin June 15, subject to approval by the UW Board of Trustees. Vinzant replaces Phill Harris, who is retiring this spring after 20 years at UW.

The vice president for administration manages and directs the financial, operational and administrative services of UW and serves as the deputy treasurer of the Board of Trustees. The vice president also has direct responsibility for budget and planning, accounting, investments and taxes, human resources, business and auxiliary services, facilities planning, physical plant, public safety, risk management, environmental health and safety and parking.

"We are pleased that our nationwide search has resulted in someone with such outstanding credentials joining our administrative team," says Tom Buchanan, UW president. "Dr. Vinzant's 23 years of experience in higher education with financial and infrastructure management and strategic planning will ensure the continuation of excellent leadership for many critical dimensions of the university."

Vinzant has held his current University of Illinois position since 2007 and has been at the school since 2002.

At Illinois, Vinzant is responsible for university-wide strategic planning, operating and capital budgeting, human resources, administrative computing, institutional research and policy analysis, enterprise data warehouse and statewide library computer services functions.

He manages the Division of Planning and Administration with approximately 300 full-time employees with an operating budget of $58 million.

Vinzant began his career as a legislative, budget and program analyst in three separate positions in Washington, D.C., and Olympia, Wash. His first foray into academics began in 1986 as budget director at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., and later as director of budget services. He also served as an assistant professor and associate vice president at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

From 1995-2002 Vinzant served as director of strategic planning and policy analysis at Arizona State University in Tempe.

He received his B.S. (1980) degree in political science from Mississippi College and both his MPA (1982), specializing in financial management, and his Ph.D. in public administration (1994) from the University of Southern California. His doctoral degree is in the fields of finance, strategic management, administrative behavior and administrative theory.

Posted on Friday, April 17, 2009

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