University of Northern Colorado financial executive and CFO to leave after 23 years in Greeley

Michelle Quinn, who has worked at the University of Northern Colorado in multiple fiscal positions since 1999, will leave the university this month for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction.

Quinn, a senior vice president of finance and administration and chief financial officer at UNC for the past 12 years, has accepted a similar position at Colorado Mesa, a public university with a total enrollment of nearly 11,000 students.

Quinn will be the vice president of finance and administration and CFO at Colorado Mesa beginning July 1. Her last day at UNC is June 17.

“In the nearly four years that I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle, she has been a trusted advisor and a steady leader through some turbulent times,” UNC President Andy Feinstein said in a message to the university community in mid-May. “I can’t thank her enough for her work to help us address the financial challenges the university was facing early on in my presidency. She is a great partner and a valuable member of our leadership team – I will miss her and I know that sentiment is felt by many across the university community. Michelle is someone who deeply cares for UNC and she will always be a part of our Bear family. ”

Quinn started at UNC as budget director in July 1999, according to her LinkedIn page. Two years later, she was promoted to assistant / associate vice president of finance. Quinn held the job for nearly nine years. She was promoted to her current role in March 2010.

Quinn has nearly 30 years experience in higher education fiscal policy with five years as CFO at Garrett College in Maryland.

“Michelle is incredibly bright and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience that will secure and sustain the university’s strong financial position while supporting our strategic goals,” CMU president John Marshall said in a release. “In addition to overseeing the institution’s overall financial health and fiscal stability, the CFO will play an integral role around tuition affordability and the continuation of offering in-demand programs.”

Dale Pratt, UNC’s assistant vice president for finance, will serve as the interim vice president of finance and administration and CFO following Quinn’s departure. UNC said a search will begin immediately for a full time vice president of finance and administration and CFO.


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