We Place Chief Financial Officers

The placement of Interim Vice Presidents of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officers (CFO) is central to the mission of The Registry.  The Registry is consistently the nation’s best source for Interim Vice Presidents of Finance and Administration and CFOs in higher education. We place Interim CFOs at public colleges and universities; community colleges and state systems offices; and private colleges and universities including faith-based and minority-serving institutions. For over twenty-five years, Presidents and governing boards have sought the leadership of Registry Interim CFOs to lead net tuition revenue enhancement; debt refinancing; financial restructuring; federal and state regulation compliance; asset leveraging strategies; public-private partnerships; financial forecasting; and resource-centered management systems. Registry Interim CFOs advance an institution through periods of (un)anticipated transition, ensuring integrity and transparency throughout the process.

A Proven Process

The Registry’s success in delivering the right interim leaders to the right institutions is built upon a proven, four-step process:

Getting to know you

We work closely with you to gain the knowledge and insight to find candidates who fit your goals. They will review materials and consult directly with your board chair, president and other key decision makers.

Drawing on experienced candidates

We offer a pool deep with talent. Our members are already vetted by and contracted to The Registry and can be ready on short notice to assume interim positions.

Managing the selection process

We help you make the right choice. A Registry principal will travel to campus with your chosen finalists to participate in a customized and collegial selection process.

Tracking results

We help you manage expectations. A Registry principal will develop an expectations document that identities your challenges and priorities and establishes accountability for your new interim administrator.

Getting to know you

We work closely with you to gain the knowledge and insight to find candidates who fit your goals. They will review materials and consult directly with your board chair, president and other key decision makers.

Managing the selection process

We help you make the right choice. A Registry principal will travel to campus with your chosen finalists to participate in a customized and collegial selection process.

Drawing on experienced candidates

We offer a pool deep with talent. Our members are already vetted by and contracted to The Registry and can be ready on short notice to assume interim positions.

Tracking results

We help you manage expectations. A Registry principal will develop an expectations document that identities your challenges and priorities and establishes accountability for your new interim administrator.

Testimonials

"Hiring a Registry professional was the ideal bridge between permanent employees was a great success. [The Interim’s] many years of experience and deep knowledge base helped us to get over the shock of losing a long-term highly respected CFO who had established a set of wide-ranging protocols. [The Interim] also participated in the search for and orientation of our new CFO, and his endorsement of our eventual hire inspired confidence in our choice."

Erica Marks, Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations
State University of New York at New Paltz

"I would use The Registry again in a heartbeat. It was, as it turns out, just the perfect partnership and provided value to the university far, far in excess of the standard fees requested."

Dr. Steven A. Stargardter

Former President, John F. Kennedy University

“I want to let you know how pleased we are at Corning Community College (CCC) with [The Interim’s] work since she arrived as our interim Vice-President of Administrative Services. The College's Trustees have remarked how professional [The Interim] is and how quickly she comprehended New York State's community college funding formulas…During [The Interim’s] time at CCC, we were negotiating three union contracts. [The Interim] identified savings we had achieved that allowed us to negotiate agreements with all three unions, one with an unanimous vote—a first in CCC's history. [The Interim’s] judgement served the College well time and time again…Should we ever require an interim executive again, rest assured The Registry will hear from CCC.”

Dr. Katherine P. Douglas, President
Corning Community College

"I have invested over four decades of my career in the Academy in an effort to improve the fiscal health of each college and university I have served. Being a member of The Registry provides me with the opportunity to continue to serve in an interim now that I have “retired”. These interim assignments allow me to contribute to a wonderfully diverse array of institutions, leveraging my fiscal and leadership experience to make a positive difference."

Mr. Bill McGarry

Former university President and CFO, and member of The Registry

"As many staff members said during the formal search process, 'we wish we could keep [the Interim]!'  I concur...I have been very pleased with the responsiveness and quality of my interactions with The Registry, and, if needed, will utilize their services in the future. "

Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, President

Clark State Community College

“The work that [the Interim] and I have done together goes beyond expectations. During his limited tenure, he was able to establish a professionalism and commitment unparalleled for a temporary appointment. [The Interim] is an excellent CFO with a strong understanding of facilities, human resources, information technology, financial aid, business office operations, investments, board relations, accreditation and most importantly, people management.  He is a strong leader who I would hire in a minute!  I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work with him.”

President, Unnamed Institution

Gold Standard Best Practices

The Registry achieves positive results because it is built upon a foundation of Gold Standard Best Practices for engaging external interim leaders:

  • We pre-identify and pre-qualify capable, suitable and effective executives who have a definite interest and commitment to serving as outside interim executives well before you need them.
  • We provide an established poolof leadership talent, eliminating the need to conduct expensive, time consuming and potentially disruptive open-market executive searches.
  • We establish a structure and a format prior to the offcial appointment of your external interim that defines the purpose, the direction and the desired outcomes for the engagement.
  • We establish an understanding or a written agreement that your outside interim cannot become a candidate for the permanent appointment.
  • We effectively empower your external interim executive to achieve the desired results defined by your institution.
Value

The Registry offers the best pricing model—our fees are incurred on a monthly-only basis. They will be roughly equivalent to your institution’s established budget for salary and fringe benefits for the duration of our interim service.

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