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July 17, 2007

SMU names new vice president for business and finance

Christine Casey
Christine Casey
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DALLAS (SMU) – Christine Casey, a University of California administrator known for her skill in improving business processes, has been named Vice President for Business and Finance at Southern Methodist University after a nationwide search. Currently Assistant Vice President for Administrative Services for the University of California system, Casey will begin her duties at SMU Sept. 1.

“Chris Casey is the right person to lead our business and finance operations at SMU,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “She has an extensive track record of applying sound customer-service practices to the business of higher education and a history of making things work more efficiently. She’s going to be a great asset for all of SMU.”

Casey, who has worked in higher education in New Mexico and California since 1993, will become the University’s chief business and financial officer, responsible for the administration of budgets and financial planning; business services, including human resources; risk management and the SMU Police; campus planning and plant operations; the Controller’s Office; and information technology services.

“SMU is a perfect fit for me with my background and experience,” Casey said. “I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Turner and the students, faculty and staff at SMU.”

At the University of California since 2005, Casey had oversight and management of the administrative functions of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division, where she developed the division’s first formal budgeting process. In addition, her direct reports included personnel in departments similar to the ones she will oversee at SMU.

Previously, Casey served for 11 years at Western New Mexico University as Vice President for Business and Administration.  The state of New Mexico recognized WNMU with its highest award for quality, which included recognition for Casey’s efforts to improve the University’s purchasing and budgeting processes.

“I am a firm believer in providing the best customer service possible within the campus community,” she said. “I operate under a philosophy of ‘things should not be harder than need be,’ so I am always looking for ways to streamline processes.”

Tom Barry, SMU’s Vice President for Executive Affairs and chairman of the search committee, called Casey “energetic, bright and decisive.”

“Chris Casey comes with the highest of recommendations from her previous employers,” he said. “She has a very strong financial background and is a good listener with a calm, open-door management style.  Her knowledge of higher education, gleaned from institutions both smaller and larger than SMU, will serve her well in her work here.”

Casey, who is a certified public accountant, earned a B.S. degree in accounting from New Mexico State University and an M.B.A. degree from Western New Mexico University. She succeeds Dana Gibson, who left SMU July 1 to become president of National University in La Jolla, Calif.

Southern Methodist University, a private university in Dallas with about 11,000 students, offers degree programs through seven schools. More information about SMU is available at

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