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Office of Budget and Finance: Administrative Biographies

Terry Pankratz | Vice President for Budget and Finance
Terry holds a B.B.A. in Accounting, MBA and is a CPA. Before joining UTD he served in various executive leadership roles at Texas A&M University (College Station), Texas A&M University-Commerce and the University of North Texas System. Terry has more than 26 years of experience in higher education administration and he provides financial counsel to the President and other Administrators and executive leadership and management oversight to the departments reporting through the Office of Budget and Finance.

Kimberly Laird | Associate Vice President and Controller
Kimberly (“Kim”) holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting Emphasis), an MBA (Strategic Leadership), an Ed.D. (Higher Education Leadership), 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 and support to Student Financial Services, Payroll, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Financial Management Services, and Business Intelligence.  

Pete Bond | Assistant Vice President
Pete holds a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics and is a C.P.M. and CPCP. He has been with UT Dallas for 28 years and has more than 35 years of experience in procurement and operations management. Prior to current position, he served as Assistant Vice President for Procurement Management. Pete will lead our policy review and approval process as well as the centralized contract management and administration office. He will also lead the HUB Program.

Orkun Toros | Interim Assistant Vice President for Budget and Operations
Orkun holds a B.S. in Mathematics, an MBA, with concentrations in computer science and accounting, and is a CPA and PMP. Before joining UTD, he served in various roles at Texas A&M University and University of North Texas System. Orkun has 12 years of experience in financial management, financial analysis, business operations and project management, and he provides leadership to the Budget Office and Finance Operations departments in the Office of Budget and Finance.

Greg Argueta | Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting
Greg holds a BBA in Finance and an MBA with dual focus in Finance and Accounting.  He has been with UT Dallas  for over seven years and served in various roles including Asset Management and Project Costing Team Lead during the University’s implementation of PeopleSoft.  In the five years following UTD’s implementation, Greg has been a presenter at national and regional conferences for users of PeopleSoft in higher education.  He provides leadership to the Financial Reporting, Accounting, Sponsored Programs and Fixed Asset teams.

Reda Bernoussi | Associate Controller
Reda holds a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, an MBA in Finance and Information Technology, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a focus on business performance and enterprise resource planning systems. He is also a Project Management Professional (PMP). Reda has been with UTD for over 15 years and has over 17 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 treasury, financial and tax compliance, business process and systems support, and financial system administration 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 18 years and has over 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.

Dave Gaarder | Director of Budget and Resource Planning
Dave holds a B.S. in Ag Business and a M.S. in Applied Economics. He has been with UT Dallas for 11 years and has over 30 years of financial analysis and budgeting experience. Dave was the Commitment Control team co-lead for the UT Dallas PeopleSoft implementation. Prior to joining UT Dallas, he worked in the Budget Office at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dave provides leadership to the budget development, budget operations, and reporting functions of the department.

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 more than 15 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 four service areas: Awareness & Outreach; Governance, Risk & Compliance; Vulnerability Management; Engineering & Incident Response.

Debbie Reynolds | Executive Director for Procurement
Debbie holds a B.B.A. in Accounting and is a Certified Texas Purchasing Manager (CTPM). She has more than 38 years of experience in procurement management (9 of those in higher education), budgeting, finance, and operations management. She also holds a certification as a Certified Purchasing Card Professional (CPCP). Prior to joining UT Dallas, she served as Executive Director of Procurement at the University of North Texas System. Debbie provides leadership to the Procurement Management operation consisting of Purchasing, Accounts Payable, Travel Services and the One Card Program, along with the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) program.