President Wrighton Announces Leadership Appointments | Today
Continuing an effort to appoint permanent members of leadership and position George Washington University to better support the academic mission and the GW community, President Mark S. Wrighton announced Friday the selection of four members of the leadership team.
Appointments include current GW leaders Bruno Fernandes as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and Sabrina Minor as Vice President of Human Resources Management and Development and Chief Human Resources Officer, as well as external leaders of Higher Education Ellen Moran as vice president for communications and marketing and Sharon Reich Paulsen as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.
“We are fortunate to have a strong leadership team and many staff members who support our community and the university’s teaching and research,” said Wrighton. “I look forward to the contributions our current and new leaders will make to campus. This is another milestone in our ability to fulfill the aspirations of the university as we enter our third century.
Fernandes has been with GW since April 2021 as Vice President Finance and Treasurer. He is an accomplished financial executive with over two decades of experience in financial management and treasury operations across multiple sectors, and previously held a similar position for the district government. He is a longtime DMV resident and earned a BS in finance from George Mason University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.
“I am thrilled to take on this leadership role and grateful to continue working with the many team members who manage the university’s financial resources and help us support GW’s mission and community,” said Fernandes. .
In his new role, which took effect earlier this month, Fernandes oversees the university’s financial and treasury operations to ensure they support GW’s mission. Areas under Fernandes include Medical Business Finance, University Comptroller, Procurement to Payment, Cash Management, Business Services, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, Budget Analysis and finance, as well as school and division finance and administration.
“Fulfilling our academic mission and meeting the needs of our community requires thoughtful financial planning and resource management,” Wrighton said. “Bruno’s university experience and continued leadership will help us successfully manage our resources to further strengthen our mission. Bruno has already demonstrated a commitment to teamwork and collaboration that will be essential to our future progress.
Minor brings over 20 years of human resources experience in all areas, including performance management, workforce development, employee relations, union negotiations, talent management, organizational development, classification and change management.
Minor joined GW in 2013 and served as Chief Human Resources Officer and Assistant Vice President before her appointment as Acting Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Previously, she held key human resource positions in district government, including the Mayor’s Office, Human Resources Department, DC Public Schools and Chief Financial Officer. She earned a BS in Human Resource Management and Development from Strayer University and was born and raised in the district.
“Since joining the university, Sabrina has been an important advisor to me and the leadership team as an advocate for our staff and our faculty,” Wrighton said. “She is committed to ensuring that we care for our employees, recognizing their vast contributions to the success of our institution.”
In his permanent role, which took effect earlier this month, Minor oversees performance management, employee relations, recruiting, staffing, professional development, and management and development services functions. Human Resource Development (HRMD); Faculty and Staff Services Center; the HR business partner model; recognition and well-being; Total Rewards, which includes payroll, compensation and benefits; and integrated human resource operations services for medical school associates.
She will also be responsible for developing a long-term data-driven strategic workforce plan to help streamline processes for GW and the MFA. One of HRMD’s focus areas is to improve and strengthen the way GW supports and values its employees.
“Our people are at the heart of everything we do at GW,” said Minor. “I am excited to continue to lead HRMD’s teams to attract new employees, retain current employees, and bring faculty and staff together to fulfill our mission and goals.”
Moran will become GW’s vice president for communications and marketing on August 20.
Currently, Moran is Vice Chancellor for Strategic Communications and Marketing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she leads internal and external communications, marketing, print and digital content, social media, web and video services for the University. ‘university.
“GW’s more than 200 years of teaching, research and service – and the impact of its students, faculty, staff and alumni locally, nationally and globally – make joining this community an exciting opportunity,” Moran said. “I look forward to working with the creative and dedicated communications and marketing teams and partnering with university stakeholders to share and amplify GW’s many important contributions to the world.”
Moran brings decades of experience in public affairs, public relations, media and digital communications, content and advertising efforts to his role at GW. In addition to her work at the University of Pittsburgh and consulting firms, she served as White House Communications Director and then Chief of Staff to the US Secretary of Commerce under President Barack Obama. Previously, she was executive director of EMILY’s List. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and English literature from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
“I was impressed with Ellen’s extensive communications experience in higher education, government and industry. She is well equipped to oversee a comprehensive communications and marketing plan that sets the university apart, showcases our academic mission, and promotes our amazing community,” said Wrighton. “Ellen’s experiences are ones that will benefit us, and I am grateful that she has made the commitment to join GW. I would also like to thank Stacey DiLorenzo for her service and leadership as Vice President by interim during my presidency.
A committee of GW staff, faculty and board members provided recommendations to the Vice President for Communications and Marketing Research.
“The search committee reviewed many talented candidates for the position of vice president of communications and marketing,” said Kathryn Newcomer, chair of the search committee and professor of public policy and public administration. “Ellen’s extensive experience in communications and marketing, along with her commitment to collaboration and support of the academic mission, will serve the university well.
Sharon Reich Paulsen
Effective Aug. 15, Paulsen will become executive vice president and chief administrative officer (CAO) of the university. The new role was developed after Wrighton consulted with faculty, deans, and administrative and board leaders. As CAO, Paulsen will work closely with the Provost and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to ensure the administration supports the university’s education, research and patient care missions.
Paulsen will report to Wrighton and be an officer of the university. She will oversee the management of administrative functions such as finance and treasury, financial planning and operations, human resources and security and facilities. Paulsen and Provost will be jointly responsible for GW Information Technology to support administrative and academic needs, respectively. Paulsen will also work with the provost and chief financial officer to develop university-wide operational and financial plans and budgets to support the university’s academic missions.
The Security and Facilities Leadership Team will report to the CAO with one significant change: the Events and Venues Leadership and Team will report to Aristide Collins, Vice President, Chief of Staff and University Secretary.
“During my presidency, Aristide Collins has been a key adviser,” Wrighton said. “He coordinates the board’s interactions with the administration and oversees the university’s government and community relations activities. Aristide is involved in the decisions we make to strengthen the university, including playing an important role in recruiting new leaders. I appreciate his willingness to add the Events and Venues unit to his leadership responsibilities. »
As Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel and Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Vermont, Paulsen currently oversees legal affairs, provides guidance and counsel to senior university leaders and various academic units and administrative and assists the Board of Directors. .
“I am deeply honored and thrilled to join the George Washington University team,” said Paulsen. “I look forward to working collaboratively with President Wrighton, Provost Bracey, faculty, staff and university leadership to help ensure the university can expand its global impact and reputation even further as ‘She’s embarking on her third century of educating tomorrow’s leaders and engaging in research, scholarship and service that improve our world.
Paulsen has decades of legal, financial and management experience, including in government, industry and higher education. She taught and served as associate dean at the University of Minnesota Law School before holding senior leadership positions at both the University of Minnesota and the University of Vermont. She received a BA in economics from Yale University and a JD from Stanford Law School.
“The role of Administrative Director will align the university’s academic mission and the many administrative functions necessary to achieve excellence as a world-class research institution,” said Wrighton. “Sharon’s collaborative leadership approach and experience in higher education will position us for even greater success as a top university. I am very pleased that we are able to recruit such an accomplished leader in higher education to take on this critical role for GW.