Gerald L. Hector , MA

Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Treasurer, Cornell University , Ithaca, New York

Gerald Hector is currently Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Treasurer for Cornell University. Prior to arriving at Cornell, he served as the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ithaca College, and Vice President for Business and Finance at Johnson C. Smith University. He oversees the following units, university controller (including tax and financial initiatives), procurement, university policy office, sponsored financial services, and treasury. He also maintain close working relationships with the financial staff of Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech both in New York City.

He started his career in public accounting with then big six firm Deloitte and Touche. He later joined the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as its Corporate Controller. While there he reformed a number of financial practices and policies, and was a key member of a team that created the initial budget for the $1 billion Gates Millennium Scholars Program. After leaving UNCF, he became the Vice President for Business and Finance at Johnson C. Smith University. There he saw a tremendous amount of success as well as he created the first ever unrestricted cash reserve of $10 million in only four years working with then president Dorothy Cowser Yancy, almost doubled the size of the endowment during her tenure, and assisted with the reaccreditation of the university where it had no findings from its accrediting body.

He appears on a number of radio talk shows, webcasts and podcasts where he speaks fluently and unashamedly about the issues facing higher education today. As one looks at his career thus far, there is little surprise that he will be moving over to one of the nation’s Ivy League, and major private research institutions to continue to provide needed national impact on some of the very challenging issues affecting higher education today.