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Blinn College Selects New Chief Financial Officer

Blinn College has a new chief financial officer and vice president for finance and administrative services.

Blinn’s Brandon Webb says that as the college searched nationally to identify a proven leader who could manage and communicate complex financial information, Kelli Shomaker stood out.

He says her experience in higher education at Texas A & M University is also a great boon.

Webb says the ten-person search committee included faculty, staff, administrators, and folks from the board of trustees, so they represented a very broad spectrum of interest.

Meanwhile, Shomaker feels her new job will be a natural fit, and she is looking forward to diving in and helping Blinn grow.

She says that she has a lot of experience in multi-tasking, and the variety of skills used in position, such as team playing and meeting people, as well as the knowledge that her work has helped to enrich student’s lives, will bring her great personal satisfaction.

Shomaker was approved in a voting session Wednesday evening, and beginning in late October, she will see over seven departments, ranging from human resources to food services.

She says she plans to take hold of Blinn’s great financial position, make it even better, and help to prepare Blinn for future needs and developments.

KelliShomaker092012.mp3Brandon Webb and Kelli Shomaker visit with WTAW’s Kat McMullen

Additional information courtesy Brandon Webb with Blinn Marketing and Media Relations:

Blinn appoints experienced executive and financial leader to Senior VP/CFO

Veteran administrator brings 30 years of public/private sector experience to the job

The Blinn College Board of Trustees voted tonight to appoint longtime Texas A&M University administrator Kelli Shomaker to serve as chief financial officer (CFO) and senior vice president for finance and administrative services.

Shomaker fills a similar, albeit elevated, role to the post Dr. Van Miller held before departing Blinn in June.

Blinn’s CFO position now includes the title of senior vice president, and the role encompasses management of seven departments, including: human resources; accounting; the business office; purchasing; facilities planning and construction; computing services and food services.

Shomaker, with almost 30 years of public and private sector experience, including 15 years at Texas A&M, rose through the ranks in her career from an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the early 1980s to associate vice president for operations at A&M.

“Kelli brings together the qualities of being current in her field, seasoned as a financial executive and skilled at communicating complex information to broad audiences,” said Dr. Harold Nolte, Blinn president. “She is precisely the type of individual we need to continue modernizing and improving our College in this new and expanded role.”

The national search for Blinn’s CFO/Senior VP culminated in on-campus interviews and opportunities for faculty and staff to meet the finalist. She begins her service to Blinn in late October.

“I’m very excited to be a part of what’s happening,” Shomaker said. “The College is in excellent shape financially, but I’m eager to further solidify that position and expand into other funding opportunities.”

In her most recent role as associate vice president for operations at Texas A&M, Shomaker managed a budget of $426 million for Academic Affairs within the Office of the Provost. She prepared documents and updates for the provost and the A&M Board of Regents while managing the fiscal and administrative issues of Texas A&M University’s campus in Qatar.

Shomaker previously served as assistant dean for finance and administration, director of external reporting, director of accounting services for business affairs, director of the Fellows Program and as a faculty lecturer in the accounting department.

Before joining A&M, she was corporate treasurer for the private Mobley Group, director of the Security Trust & Financial Company and a vice president for the publicly held U.S. Global Investors, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas. She began her career in the financial sector as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in Dallas, Texas.

Shomaker’s civic involvement extends to currently serving as treasurer for the Friends of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra Association, past leadership roles on the Junior League Board of Bryan-College Station and the American Cancer Society of the Brazos Valley and various advising roles for Greek societies at Texas A&M.

She completed the New York City marathon in 2003, an achievement she cites as one of her most personally satisfying accomplishments.

Shomaker earned her bachelor of business administration in accounting at the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in 1984 and is a registered CPA in the State of Texas.

About the search: Blinn’s CFO/Senior VP for Finance and Administrative Services search committee was chaired by Cathy Boeker, executive administrator for external affairs, and composed of representatives from the faculty, staff, administration and the Blinn Board of Trustees. The committee began formally evaluating candidates in August.

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Posted by on Sep 21 2012. Filed under Featured Stories, News.
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