Gerald Hector is Vice President for Financial Affairs at Cornell University. He oversees a division of over 130 finance and accounting professionals who serve the university through the following functions: Controller, Risk Management and Insurance, University Policy, Sponsored Financial Services, Tax and Financial initiatives, and Treasury. He has served in a similar role as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ithaca College, and Vice for Business and Finance at Johnson C. Smith University. He is the author of the 2014 white paper, "Navigating the New Normal: Financial Imperatives for MSI Effectiveness and Avoiding Financial Exigency." He was asked to write an update to the white in the fall of 2016 for AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers). The update was entitled, "The New Normal Continues to Affect Institutions." He continues to share his knowledge an expertise in several settings and is a regular contributor to the HBCU Nation Radio Show, an initiative started after the publication of his white paper in 2014. He has spoken at conferences and instituions like AGB, NACUBO, SACUBO, EACUBO, CIC, AACRAO and others. He is extremely passionate about higher education, and his passion is felt through his presentation. He is originally from Kingston, Jamaica, and is a graduate of Howard University where he was a four year scholar athlete. In 2015 he was named an Exemplar by the School of Business.