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Financial expertise advances Wamsley to new role

November 19, 2009

Arizona State University is pleased to announce the appointment of executive director of student business services and investment management Joanne Wamsley as the new senior associate vice president for finance and deputy treasurer, effective Dec. 1.

Wamsley replaces Jerry Snyder, who retired from ASU after 37 years of service in the financial management area.  

Wamsley, a 25-year ASU veteran and Gilbert resident, was chosen after a national search, for her breadth of financial management knowledge and experience in higher education. 

“Joanne has done an excellent job directing a diverse array of functions at ASU,” said Morgan R. Olsen, ASU executive vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer. “We appreciate Jerry’s many years of exemplary service to ASU, and look forward to Joanne’s leadership of these critical financial management functions.”

 Joanne will provide leadership and direction as ASU’s chief accounting officer, overseeing student business services, investment management, tax compliance, business technology services, debt issuance, general accounting and other financial management services. During Wamsley’s tenure at ASU, she has led the effort to update the 30-year-old student financial services applications, allowing Student Business Services to be more customer focused as part of the PeopleSoft initiative; furthered university e-commerce services; oversaw the disbursement of more than $600 million annually in student aid; and managed numerous banking relationships. 

“Working in a large university setting, I have had many opportunities to work collaboratively on system and business process projects,” said Wamsley. “Jerry is leaving behind a department with a solid reputation, and I plan to continue to emphasize excellent service, effective financial management tools, and strong financial systems and controls.” 

Her goals and understanding of ASU’s role in the economic vitality of the state and the nation will help the university as it navigates through the current financial challenges it’s facing.

“Developing strategies to advance President Crow’s vision of the New American University in a challenging financial environment is an immediate priority,” said Wamsley. “Longer term, the replacement of ASU’s aging financial accounting system is a project that Financial Services will be undertaking.”   

Wamsley is a certified public accountant and certified government financial manager. She earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and accounting, as well as an MBA, all from ASU.