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UWF announces vice president for administrative services & chief financial officer

The University of West Florida announces Dr. Steven Cunningham as vice president for administrative services and chief financial officer. Cunningham will report to executive vice president and provost, Dr. Martha Saunders, for the effective leadership, oversight and administration of all activities within the area of Administrative Services and will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the University and Chief Executive Officer of Business Enterprises, Inc.

“Steve is going to be a wonderful asset to UWF’s leadership team,” said Saunders. “His breadth of experience will complement nicely the existing talent on our Administrative Services staff. I am looking forward to working with him as we work together to move UWF forward.”

Activities within the scope of Administrative Services include facilities development and operations; campus buildings and grounds management; financial services; procurement and contracts; business and auxiliSteven Cunninghamary services and BEI. The vice president works closely with the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors and serves as the University’s senior administrative liaison to external groups and agencies on matters related to the administrative operations of the University.

“This is an optimal time to become a part of UWF,” said Cunningham. “The University is thriving in terms of facilities, human resources, the student experience, regional location and economic development. I’m looking forward to helping continue the University’s progress in such a prosperous environment.”

Most recently Cunningham served as the vice president of administration at Northern Illinois University. In this role he served as chief administrative officer for university operations, human resources and facilities, including service as acting executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Cunningham holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana. He received a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University.