Michael Wagner Appointed Vice President for Finance



Michael F. Wagner, who was previously chief financial officer of Dartmouth Medical School, has been appointed vice president for finance. (photo by Joseph Mehling ’69)

Michael F. Wagner has been appointed Dartmouth’s vice president for finance, effective September 2010. In announcing the appointment Steven Kadish, executive vice president and chief financial officer, says Wagner’s new position will “provide additional critical leadership to a comprehensive approach to Dartmouth’s finances and financial operations.”

A member of Dartmouth’s administration since September 2001, Wagner first served as the College’s controller before becoming chief financial officer of Dartmouth Medical School in January 2008.

At Dartmouth Medical School, Wagner helped to improve financial operations by providing thorough financial analysis, encouraging transparent financial reporting, and offering sound financial advice to the dean and other leaders of the school during challenging times, says Kadish.

“The financial operation touches every program and member of the Dartmouth community,” says Wagner. “Our aim is to be innovative in our use of technology, efficient in the design of our financial organization and processes, and clear in the financial information and performance metrics used for planning, decision making, and reporting.”

Previously, Wagner worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston for 12 years, where he served clients in higher education, managed health care, investment management, and insurance industries. He graduated from Amherst College in 1986 with a bachelor’s in economics, and received a master’s in accounting from Northeastern University in 1987.

Kadish has also announced three additional appointments in Finance and Administration. Tricia Spellman will join Dartmouth in September as assistant vice president for finance, with a focus on financial center operations and institution-wide operating and financial performance metrics. Spellman comes to Dartmouth from Harvard University’s Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, where she has been the director of administration. Kevin Weinman, previously Dartmouth’s director of financial planning and budget, has been appointed assistant vice president for finance, with a focus on financial planning and budget. Tammy Moffatt, a member of Dartmouth Procurement since 1987, has been named director of Procurement.

"The team, which includes Gail Goodness, controller, has deep experience in financial management, and each of us brings skills that complement each other well,” says Wagner. “Our role is to support the Board of Trustees, President Kim, and leaders throughout campus with understandable financial reporting and analysis, creative solutions to financial challenges, and excellent service in a well-controlled financial operation.”

Wagner will continue to support the financial operations of DMS while the search for a successor is underway.

Tiffany Pollack