Aurora, Colorado, July 26 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pamela Toney, president of Colorado State University Global (CSU Global), has named Jim Smith vice president of strategy. His appointment took effect on July 1. In his role, Smith is responsible for leading CSU Global’s strategic efforts to help expand the university’s institutional reach and drive financial growth. He will oversee institutional effectiveness, budget and revenue strategy, and compliance.
Smith’s appointment as Vice President of Strategy demonstrates CSU Global’s commitment to continually evaluating and measuring its effectiveness in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for its students, staff, and faculty.
“In seeking to fill this position, we realized that we needed a leader with not only deep financial expertise, but also an understanding of the higher education space and the kind of strategic thinking which will result in best-in-class performance for our students,” said President Toney. “Jim brings a wealth of knowledge in guiding investment opportunities and achieving financial growth in online educational institutions, and he embodies the entrepreneurial culture of our university. We are honored to have him join our leadership team. »
Smith comes to CSU Global with more than 20 years of experience supporting and leading finance and accounting across a diverse set of businesses and industries. Prior to joining CSU Global, he served as Chief Financial Officer at the University of Arizona Global Campus, where he was responsible for the institution’s finance and accounting activities. Previously, he served as senior vice president of finance for Ashford University, before the institution was sold to the University of Arizona Foundation. He also served as Vice President of Finance for Bridgepoint Education, supporting the financial needs of its two post-secondary institutions. Prior to working in higher education, Smith worked in finance and accounting for GE Energy, Dresser Wayne, Dell and Qualcomm.
“I look forward to helping drive CSU Global’s strategic initiatives in support of its mission to develop professionals for the workforce of the future,” said Smith. “I am honored to join a community of educators who are dedicated to providing quality online education to those who may not have been able to graduate in a traditional setting. I would like to thank President Toney and all the CSU Global community for including me.
Smith earned his BS in Business Administration with a major in Finance from San Diego State University. Dedicated to supporting his community, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego as Chair of the Finance Committee.
Smith’s appointment follows the addition of Dr. Sandy Jones, vice president of strategic engagement, and Dr. Angela Hernquist, vice president of student and faculty operations, to the leadership team earlier this year. President Toney secured these three new vice presidents to continue CSU Global’s mission to advance student academic and career success.
About Colorado State University
Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) offers career-relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and non-traditional learners. As the first 100% online and fully accredited public university in the United States, CSU Global focuses on student success as its number one priority. Embracing the heritage of land grants as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty who are recognized as leaders in the industry and trained to work with adults in an online learning environment. CSU Global offers eight-week crash courses that begin every four weeks. Visit CSUGlobal.edu to learn more.