Position encompasses finance, human resources, facilities management and School strategy
PHILADELPHIA, November 5, 2018 — Scott Douglass today has joined the Wharton School as Vice Dean of Finance and Administration. Douglass will lead Wharton operations and finance, including Budgeting, Facilities and Operations, Human Resources, Wharton Computing and Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).
Douglass will work collaboratively across the University of Pennsylvania representing Wharton with executive and financial leadership. He previously served in this role at Wharton from 1992 to 2004.
“I am delighted to welcome Scott back to Wharton and the Penn community. His extensive experience from decades in higher education will benefit the entire School,” said Dean Geoff Garrett.
Douglass most recently served as Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration at North Carolina State University where he was responsible for budget and resource management, campus enterprises, environmental health and public safety, facilities, finance, human resources and real estate and development. Prior to NC State, Douglass was the University of Delaware’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer where he managed a $1 billion operating budget and oversaw a $1.7 billion cash and endowment portfolio.
During his earlier tenure at Wharton, Douglass led the programming, design and construction of Jon M. Huntsman Hall, the commercialization of WRDS and the team that developed the business case for Wharton San Francisco. He then served as Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for the University of Pennsylvania, where he spent four years as the University’s senior financial officer and was a member of the Penn Medicine Board. Earlier in his career Douglass was the state of Delaware’s Budget Director and Secretary of Finance.
Douglass earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from the University of Delaware and completed graduate studies at Syracuse University.
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