J. Michael Gower is the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration & University Treasurer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the Chief Financial and Budget Officer for the University. He is responsible for financial management, planning, and systems; he is responsible for the financial integration of former units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) into Rutgers, and he oversees Human Resources and Information Technology through the respective Senior Vice Presidents.
Prior to Rutgers, Gower was Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Yeshiva University and Vice President for Finance and Administration and University Treasurer at the University of Vermont, and he was a higher education management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent ten years at Duke University Medical Center where he held various positions including Assistant VP for Finance, Associate Chief Financial Officer (CFO of the School of Medicine), and Director of Financial Planning and Systems.
Gower is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO). He is the former chair of the Research Universities Council, the constituent group for business leaders at research universities, for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); he is now a member of NACUBO's Board of Directors. He received NACUBO's 2008 Professional Development award for his contributions to professional development for higher education management.