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Senior vice president for administration and finance candidates to visit NMSU

Four candidates for New Mexico State University's senior vice president for administration and finance have been invited to campus for interviews.


Search Committee Chair Jay Jordan, director of NMSU's Physical Science Laboratory, announced interviews will be held Oct. 25-Nov. 1.

F. Stephen Mallot, vice chancellor for administrative services at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will interview on campus Monday, Oct. 25. Deborah C. Newsom, vice president for financial affairs and treasurer at Eastern Kentucky University, will interview on campus Tuesday, Oct. 26. Betty J. Roberts, vice president of administration and finance at the University of Central Missouri, will interview on campus Wednesday, Oct. 27. Craig Roloff, vice president for administration and finance at Montana State University, will interview on campus Nov. 1.

The four interviews consist of meetings with multiple groups across campus, including a public reception at 4 p.m. each day at NMSU's Corbett Center.

In his current position, Mallot is responsible for a unit budget of $25 million with 200 employees, and he oversees the institution's $165 million budget. He also directly supervises budget and planning, accounting, business services, physical facilities, police and environmental health and safety. Mallot was formerly a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State and served as director of compensation and benefits with the University of Alaska system, as well as assistant dean of the School of Business Administration at Georgetown University.

Newsom currently serves as vice president for financial affairs and treasurer at Eastern Kentucky University. She is responsible for the financial planning and budgeting, and the fiscal operations (including the treasury function) of EKU, a comprehensive public university with 16,000 students, 3,500 employees, an annual operating budget of $220 million and external contracts and grants of currently more than $100 million. Newsom was formerly vice president and secretary of the board of trustees of the University of Virginia's Darden School Foundation and served as vice president for finance and secretary of the board of trustees at Berea College. She also has served as controller at Centre College.

Roberts currently serves as vice president of administration and finance at the University of Central Missouri, one of Missouri's 13 comprehensive state universities, with an enrollment of 11,000 students and an annual operating budget of $180 million. She is accountable for a $170 million operating budget and a staff of 300, and is a member of the president's executive team, providing fiscal and administrative leadership of all financial functions as well as supervision of administrative operations. She also has served as associate vice president of information technology and established the Technology Support Services Department at the University of Houston. Prior to that, Roberts gained experience as assistant vice president of business services at Pennsylvania State University and held several positions over the course of 16 years with the University of Missouri system.

Craig Roloff currently serves as Montana State University's vice president for administration and finance. Roloff is responsible for the general oversight and coordination of all business and fiscal affairs for the four campuses and three agencies that comprise Montana State University, as well as the leadership and management of all central administrative, financial and facilities services for the MSU-Bozeman campus. The Administration and Finance division at MSU-Bozeman encompasses division planning and information systems, university services, employee and labor relations, human resources, financial services and the university budget office. Roloff was named vice president for administration and finance in 2004, after serving in an acting role in the position the previous three years. He began working at Montana State as a physical plant staff architect in 1978, and in the 26 years prior to taking over his current role also served as assistant director of facilities planning, director of administrative services, assistant vice president for administration and finance and executive director of university budgets.

Jennifer Taylor, who currently holds the position, announced her retirement this year after 27 years of service to NMSU.

Greenwood/Asher and Associates Inc. has been contracted by the university to work with the search committee. Greenwood/Asher is a recognized leader in university executive searches.

Additional information about the search and complete resumes, interview schedules and photos for Mallot, Newsom, Roberts and Roloff are available at http://www.nmsu.edu/svpafsearch/index.html.