Timothy O'Donnell Named UA's Interim Vice Chancellor of Finance, Administration

by Lee Hogan  on Wednesday, May. 28, 2014 10:56 am  

Timothy O'Donnell

Timothy J. O'Donnell has been named the University of Arkansas' interim vice chancellor for finance and administration.

The news comes almost two weeks after Don Pederson, the university's vice chancellor for finance and administration since 1998, announced his retirement, effective June 30. O'Donnell, who was hired as the first associate vice chancellor for budget and financial planning in October 2013, will assume the duties July 1.

"Tim O'Donnell has been doing an excellent job working with Don Pederson on budget and financial planning over the past nine months, and I am confident he will handle this interim position very well," Chancellor G. David Gearhart, said in a news release.

A national search will be conducted to fill the position permanently. The search committee has yet to be appointed.

O'Donnell spent 22 years with Arkansas Western Gas and its parent company, Southwestern Energy Co., before joining the university. He worked in various positions, including vice president.

At the university, he's worked on the development of additional financial accountability measures in the budget and financial reporting areas, and is a member of the UA's Freedom of Information Act Task Force.

O'Donnell, a Davenport, Iowa native, earned his bachelor's in accounting from the University of Iowa, and is a Certified Public Accountant, although he is inactive.



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