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Terry Pankratz | Vice President for Budget and Finance
Terry holds a B.B.A. in Accounting, MBA and is a CPA. He joined UT Dallas from UNT System as Vice Chancellor for Finance and has 25 years of experience in higher education. Terry provides executive-level direction and management oversight to the Budget Office, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Procurement Management, Student Financial Services and Payroll.
Randy Rikel | Associate Vice President and Controller
Randy holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and is a CPA. He recently began at UT Dallas and has 17 years of experience in higher education. Prior to joining the Office of Budget and Finance, he served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Texas A&M University – Texarkana. Randy provides leadership and management oversight to Financial Accounting and Reporting, Financial Compliance, Payroll, and Student Financial Services.
Pete Bond | Assistant Vice President for Procurement
Pete holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics and is a CPM and CPCP. He has been with UT Dallas for 26 years and has more than 35 years of experience in procurement and operations management. Prior to current position, he served as Director of Purchasing at the Office of Budget and Finance. Pete provides leadership to Procurement Management which consists of Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Travel Services, HUB Program, Purchasing Card Program and Contracts Management.
Reda Bernoussi | Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting
Reda holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on business performance and enterprise resource planning systems. He has been with UTD for over 13 years and has over 15 years of accounting, financial reporting and banking experience. Prior to his current position, Reda served as a PeopleSoft Implementation Financials Team Lead and Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting at the Office of Budget and Finance. He provides leadership to accounting operations, financial reporting, financial systems administration, business process analysis, and treasury functions.
Adam Cantwell | Director of Payroll and Data Administration
Adam holds a B.B.A. in Finance, MBA and is a CPP. He joined UT Dallas from UNT System as an Assistant Director of Payroll and has 21 years of experience in Payroll, of which 4 years are in higher education. Adam provides leadership to payroll processing and data management department.
Cheryl Friesenhahn | Director of Student Financial Services
Cheryl holds a B.S. in Accounting. She has been with UT Dallas for 16 years and has 30 years of accounting experience. She also served as the PeopleSoft Implementation Lead for Student Financials. Prior to her current position, Cheryl served as an Assistant Director of Accounting at the Office of Budget and Finance. Cheryl provides leadership to the Cashier Office, Collections, Receivables, and Financial Reporting as it relates to student financials.
Nate Howe | Director of Information Security and Chief Information Security Officer
Nate holds a B.S. in Business Administration with concentration in MIS, MBA, and holds certifications such as CISSP, CISA, and SANS GIAC. Prior to joining UT Dallas he served Western Federal Credit Union as VP of Risk Management. He has 13 years of experience in IT governance and operations with a focus on information security. Nate leads all aspects of the UT Dallas information security program and his team is structured around five service areas: Awareness & Outreach; Governance, Risk & Compliance; Vulnerability Management; Engineering & Incident Response; Identity Management.
Kimberly Laird | Director of Business Intelligence
Kimberly (“Kim”) holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis), an MBA, and is a CPA. She joined UT Dallas from Texas A&M University-Commerce where she served as the Comptroller and Director of Accounting. With over 25 years financial management, data integration, analysis, and reporting experience, Kim provides leadership to this new unit dedicated to enhancing data-driven management decision making.
Jennifer Mayes | Financial Compliance Manager
Jennifer holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and is a CIA and CFE. She has been with UT Dallas for over 11 years. She has 19 years of experience, of which 12 years are in higher education. Prior to her current position, Jennifer served as an Audit Manager in the Internal Audit Department at UT Dallas. Jennifer provides leadership to the campus regarding financial compliance.
Gina Niemann | Director of Procurement/Accounts Payable
Gina holds a B.S. in Accounting and is a CIA and CAPP. She has worked at UT Dallas for 17 years and has 29 years of accounting experience. Prior to current position, Gina served as a Staff Auditor in Internal Audit Department at UT Dallas. Gina provides leadership to the accounts payable process including employee travel and expense reimbursements, independent contractor payments and 1099 reporting.
Orkun Toros | Director of Operations
Orkun holds a B.S. in Mathematics, MBA and is a PMP. He has 8 years of experience in business operations, project management and financial analysis. Prior to his current position, Orkun served as a Sr. Financial Analyst at the Office of Budget and Finance. Orkun provides leadership to business services, project management and continuous improvement functions in the Office of Budget and Finance.
Paul Watson | Director of Procurement/Purchasing
Paul holds a B.S. in Finance and is a CPM and CPIM. He has worked at UT Dallas for 21 years and has 36 years of experience in Procurement. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Buyer in the Purchasing Department. Paul provides leadership to purchasing, contracting, formal bids, vendor relations and in the HUB (historically underutilized businesses) program.