McDaniel College names new Provost, CFO

McDaniel Provost, CFO

McDaniel College has announced that Rosa Rivera-Hainaj will be joining the college as its new Provost and Eric Simon has been named the new Vice President for Administration and Finance.

Rivera-Hainaj has been selected as McDaniel College’s new provost following a national search. She plans to join McDaniel in July 2021.

“Dr. Rivera-Hainaj is a passionate advocate for student success and clearly stood out for her student-centered approach and dedication to educational access. She is also committed to furthering our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and I am thrilled to welcome her as a member of the senior leadership team,” said current McDaniel Provost Julia Jasken, who will become the college’s 10th President as of June 1.

Rivera-Hainaj has most recently served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, Texas.

At McDaniel, she will oversee both academic and campus life. As the Chief Academic Officer, she will have broad responsibility for both the undergraduate and graduate academic programs. She will also be responsible for student programs and services.

Rivera-Hainaj holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University. She has published several journal articles and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the National Aerospace Agency, among others.

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Additionally, Eric Simon has been named the new Vice President for Administration and Finance at McDaniel College following a national search.

Simon comes to McDaniel after serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). In this role, he has oversight of business operations, facilities, human resources and information technology. He has also been involved on numerous university committees including those focused on campus operations, diversity, strategic planning and pandemic response.

“Eric brings more than 20 years of broad experience in higher education and has a history of collaboration on several different campuses. I look forward to having him on board this summer,” said Jasken.

As a member of the senior leadership team at McDaniel, Simon will serve as the chief financial officer and will provide leadership and oversight of the college’s administrative functions. He will be responsible for budget planning and oversight, campus construction and renovation, management of the college’s endowment and operations, including campus planning, improvements and maintenance, human resources, for-profit rentals and contractual agreements, as well as WMC Development Corporations, the college’s for-profit enterprise. He will also serve as the liaison to the Board of Trustees on the Audit, Finance and Facilities, and Investment committees.

Simon earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University. He will complete his Ph.D. in Higher Education this summer from Illinois State University.

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Source: McDaniel College