John M. Sweeney, senior vice president for finance and business/CFO at Providence College. In addition to his work on the President's Cabinet, he supports the Audit, Building and Property, Finance, Investment, and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board of Trustees. Since coming to Providence College in March 2010, Sweeney has led an aggressive capital renewal program linked to both the strategic and multi-year financial plans. The projects completed within the $230 million program have received recognition both at the regional and national level.
Mr. Sweeney has developed strategic partnerships in the areas of banking, food service, retail operations, and sports licensing while achieving savings in energy and other areas. Sweeney and Providence College was recognized in 2012 by NACUBO with the Innovation Award for creation of the College’s TecHub which has led to improved student access to technology and research materials. Last April, Sweeney was named by the Providence Business News as Rhode Island’s inaugural Chief Fiscal Officer of the Year as part of its C-Suite Awards. Sweeney was recognize for his role in the transformation of the Providence College Campus while ensuring solid financial performance for the school.
Sweeney serves on the New England Commission on Higher Education’s Annual Report Review Committee advising on financial matters. He also has participated in numerous domestic and international accreditation reviews. Before joining PC in March 2010, Sweeney was associate vice president for finance and administration at Eastern Connecticut State University. While at Eastern, he received statewide Baldridge Award recognition for the creation of an Income Tax Intercept Program. Sweeney also served as principal budget specialist and the governor’s liaison with the University of Connecticut.
Sweeney earned a master of business administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Connecticut.