The three finalists for the position of vice president for administration and finance at CSULB will make individual campus visits over a two-week period during the second half of October. As part of a specified itinerary, each candidate will participate in a campus open forum on their first day at the university.
The three finalists, and the days which they will visit the campus, are Stephen Malott, vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of Missouri, Rolla, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19; Mary Stephens, vice president for business and finance at CSU Stanislaus, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24; and Ron Coley, associate vice chancellor, business and administrative sevices at UC Berkeley, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 31.
Malott has served in his current position at the University of Missouri, Rolla, since 2001, and has been directly responsible for that campus’ budget, planning, accounting, human resources, business services, physical facilities, police and environmental health and safely. Prior to that, he spent nearly 20 years serving in the U.S. Department of State. He served in a variety of posts such as the Czech Republic, where he was the administrative counselor; Seychelles, where he served as acting ambassador; India, where he was the U.S. government liaison with Mother Theresa; and Washington, D.C., where he was chief of career development and training. Before joining the State Department, Malott was the director of compensation and benefits for the University of Alaska system; assistant dean of the School of Business Administration at Georgetown University, where he earlier served as assistant dean for Residence Life; principal in higher education compensation consulting for Hay Associates; assistant executive director of the College and University Personnel Association; and chief accountant of the American Council on Education.
Malott earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Georgetown University and an M.P.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Southern California. In May he completed coursework for the Ed.D. at the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a dissertation to follow.
The campus open forum with Malott will be held Thursday, Oct. 18 from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Anatol Center.
Since joining CSU Stanislaus in 1997, Stephens has been the university’s chief administrative officer overseeing human resources, facilities planning and construction, plant maintenance and operations, public safety, environmental health and safety, parking, food service, bookstore operations, reprographics, mail and receiving, as well as serving as the chief financial officer for the university and four affiliated auxiliaries. Prior to moving into her current position, she briefly served as the executive project manager for CSU Channel Islands, where she managed all business aspects related to determining whether the CSU would take possession of the current university site for a new campus. Prior to joining the CSU, Stephens spent nearly a decade working in the University of California, Office of the President, as executive assistant to the associate vice president. In this role she was responsible for the records management unit and also served as project manager in an effort to permanently house some UC academic programs in Washington, D.C. In previous positions, Stephens was a management fellow in the Office of Federal Governmental Relations and records manager for the University of California and an information/program associate for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Stephens earned a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Berkeley after completing the general course in international history at the London School of Economics, and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also completed the Summer Institute for Educational Management offered by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Stephens will participate in a campus open forum on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Anatol Center.
Coley has served in his current position at UC Berkeley since 1998. There he has been responsible for business, finance, service and auxiliary operation of numerous departments including physical plant – campus services, environment, health and safety, material management, business services, mail services, printing services, Associated Students UC – Auxiliary Services (including the student bookstore), recreational sports, financial services, library bindery, radiation safety, business resumption, parking and transportation, budget and financial planning. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, Coley was administrative manager on the staff in the office of the County Executive, County of Orange, where he oversaw the public protection and safety budget and was instrumental in helping the county recover from its municipal bankruptcy filing. Coley also served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In additional to leading numerous military operations in the U.S., Japan, Korea and Philippines, he served as the chief financial officer of Marine Corps Air Station, Tustin, and as manager/administrator for requirements and programs, Marine Corps Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Coley earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and industrial relations from Drexel University and an M.B.A. in finance and managerial accounting from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He also completed the Institute for Educational Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The campus open forum with Coley will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 4-5:15 p.m. in the Anatol Center.
During the course of their visits to CSULB, each candidate will meet with university administrators and ASI officers, and will have the opportunity to tour the campus and local community.