Andrea Young named Vice President of Finance

Dr. Andrea Young has been named the next Vice President for Finance and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Ripon College, effective July 29.

As Vice President for Finance, Young will oversee all business and financial functions of the College, and is the primary administrative liaison to the Board of Trustees on matters related to finance, investment, construction contracts and approval, risk management and audit. In addition, she will develop and oversee the successful implementation of annual budgets and long-term financial plans, including the College’s financial models and forecasts that anticipate risks and opportunities.

“Dr. Young’s keen insights, collaborative leadership and pragmatic approach to the challenges ahead will make her an ideal Chief Financial Officer,” said Ripon College President Zach Messitte. “She knows what makes Ripon such a special place and values the importance we place on the student experience.”

Over the past six months, Young has served as the Acting Dean of Faculty and worked closely with Associate Vice President of Finance Lori Schulze on a review of the college’s operating budget. She has developed predictive financial models that have allowed the Administrative Council and the Board of Trustees to make data-driven decisions about resource allocation.

Andrea has been a member of the Ripon College faculty since 2011 and received promotion and tenure to be an Associate Professor of Mathematics in 2016. The winner of several teaching awards, Andrea has also published multiple peer-reviewed articles, including several that were co-authored with Ripon students. She is the Principal Investigator on a successful National Science Foundation grant to improve undergraduate STEM education. She has served as the Chair of the Educational Policy Committee and the Interim Chair of the Math Department.

For the past year-and-a-half she has been the Special Assistant to the President and Liaison to the Board of Trustees where she has lead a number of strategic initiatives, including the creation of the Franzen Center for Academic Success, the Ignite program for incoming students, the Presidential Leadership Program, and the construction of new student-centered spaces, including the active learning classrooms in Todd Wehr and Farr Halls, the Nest in Bovay Residence Hall, and collaborative spaces on the third floor of Todd Wehr.

“I am thrilled to be able to work with the College leadership team and other campus constituencies to refine and implement data-driven financial models for resource allocation,” said Young. “I will bring my experience as a tenured member of the Ripon College mathematics faculty to bear on strategic initiatives that affect the institution and that align with our critical mission of providing a high-quality residential liberal arts education.

“Ripon College will continue to excel at changing the lives of its students, especially those who have traditionally been underserved by higher education.”

Young received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Texas-Austin and her B.S. in mathematics with a minor in Italian from Pennsylvania State University.


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