UF appoints new VP of Business Affairs

Wyden is officially an Oiler in May

By Jordyn Willis

Leon Wyden Jr., CPA, CGMA, will take on the position of Vice President of Business Affairs for the University of Findlay in May.

Wyden will have several responsibilities in this position that will benefit the University. One of Wyden’s responsibilities will include the management of all activities related to UF’s financial system. He will also oversee departments such as the business office, print shop, postal services, University bookstore, physical plant, facilities, and the All-Hazards Training Center.

Wyden’s previous experience in these fields made him a perfect candidate for the position.

Previously, Wyden was the president for finance and administration, treasurer, and assistant secretary who reported to the president and managed a 45-member team at Tiffin University.

Some of his major responsibilities at Tiffin were auditing and investments, auxiliary services, budget and financial analysis, financial accounting and reporting, facilities, and information technology.

According to a UF news release, during his time at Tiffin University, Wyden developed Microsoft Dynamics Forecaster with faculty and staff. Microsoft Dynamics Forecaster is a new budget program which is used to provide more information to the schools and departments regarding their budget versus actual their statuses.

The product also provides improved automation of the annual budget development process.

Among his other past accomplishments, Wyden also helped to expand Tiffin’s land area by negotiating the purchase of, what used to be, manufacturing property. This property was renovated for a new auditorium cafe and bookstore.

Wyden also oversaw construction of the new $2.5 million Murphy Academic Success Center to support students who require additional support to achieve collegiate success.

Also stated in the UF news release, Wyden describes himself as a “strong senior financial management professional with high integrity and extensive experience in strategic planning, process, systems, and operations analysis.”

Prior to his time at Tiffin University, he was Upper Iowa University’s associate vice president for finance and planning from 2011 to 2012, and deputy controller for Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 2007 to 2010.

His education includes a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Detroit in Michigan.

Wyden will take the place of Marty Terry, who retired from the position in February 2016. Terry took on the role in 1998 and officially announced his retirement at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year.

During his retirement, Terry and his wife, Chrystal, plan to spend more time with their family.

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