Dec 27th, 2011 @ 11:43 am | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
Last week, Valley City State University extended an offer that has been verbally accepted by Mr. Douglas Dawes to be VCSU's next Vice-President for Business Affairs. In this capacity, Doug will replace Ms. Trudy Sipe Collins. Following a successful five-year tenure at VCSU, Trudy left VCSU in November to accept a position as University Budget Director at Montana State University, Billings.

The Vice-President for Business Affairs (VPBA) role at VCSU is critical to both the day-to-day operational activities of the institution as well as the goals associated with long-term strategic initiatives. It is a role that oversees a number of key university functions, and requires a diverse background and wide breadth of experiences to succeed.

The VPBA serves as the university's chief financial officer and has responsibility for such areas as financial accounting and control services, fee payment, facilities, risk management, human resources, payroll, grants and contracts, budget preparation, purchasing, and other related areas. The VPBA also works closely with the North Dakota University System office, the State Auditor's Office, the VCSU Foundation, and assists in the preparation for legislative presentations and hearings.

Mr. Dawes comes to VCSU from Utah State University in Logan, Utah where he served as Executive Director of Business Services in Facilities for the past five years. In this capacity, Doug oversaw a $22 million operating budget, and was responsible for such facilities areas as purchasing, safety, information technology, payroll, fleet rental, waste management, and recycling. He was also involved with capital construction projects, space utilization studies, budgeting and forecasting, funding requests, and contractual obligations.

Prior to his tenure at Utah State, Doug was employed by Ford Motor Company where he worked on corporate financial statements and filings. Additionally, he has also worked in the energy and contracting industries, and has a wealth of budgeting and financial projection experience. Doug's mix of both private industry and public higher education career experiences should serve him well in his new role at VCSU.

Doug is a native of Utah, and his degrees include a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, both from Brigham Young University. Doug and his wife, Sherith, along with their five children (Whitney, 14; Courtney, 13; Wesley, 11; Bradley, 9; and Cody, 4) are excited for the move to Valley City and to get involved in the community. The Dawes family will be moving to Valley City in early 2012, and Doug will begin employment at VCSU in early February. Please join me in welcoming the Dawes family to VCSU and into the Valley City community!