Upcoming Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance finalist visit

A finalist for the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance position will be on campus Friday, March 10. All faculty, staff, students and interested members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend the finalist’s meet and greet and open forum to ask questions about their qualifications. A feedback survey will be sent out via email with the candidate’s information and will also be provided below.

The Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance is responsible for overseeing, maintaining, and enhancing the University’s overall financial health and aligning the allocation of resources with the University’s strategic priorities in collaboration with the Cabinet and other key stakeholders on the campus. The VCAF oversees the Offices of Student Financial Services, Controller, Human Resources, Public Safety, Facilities, Capital Planning and Construction, Parking and Transportation, Campus Sustainability, Campus Planning, Campus Policy, and Budgets and Planning.

The search committee is chaired by Kelli Klebe, Dean of the Graduate School. See the full search committee listing below.

Meet the Candidate

Kathy Kaoudis – JD, LLM, CPA
Friday, March 10

Kathryn “Kathy” Kaoudis

Kathryn “Kathy” Kaoudis (she/her) is a collaborative, transparent, and creative high-energy servant leader passionate about student success. Kathy is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Colorado and Virginia and an attorney, licensed in Colorado. She brings almost two decades of experience in higher education finance and accounting, as well as a decade of classroom and online teaching of accounting and business law courses as an adjunct instructor. Kathy is particularly known for building, developing, and leading highly-motivated and empowered, exceptional leaders and teams.

Previously Kathy served as Vice President for Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer at Community College of Denver (CCD) for almost five years where she led a team which increased college reserves by almost 80% to the highest level in college history. Under her direction, CCD received its first ever award of state capital construction funding – a $34M win and first award of state funding for classroom and conference room technology – a $5M win. In this role she led the budget, emergency preparedness, facilities, fiscal, grants and contracts, information technology, procurement, and student financial services teams.

Kathy has presented nationally and internationally on federal grant management and compliance including international grants and on successfully managing ERP implementations. Kathy was peer-nominated and named one of four best Business Officers nationally by the Community College Business Officers Association. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting from Old Dominion University and a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in International Business Transactions from the University of Denver. Kathy is the first woman in her family to earn a Bachelors degree.

Kathy serves as an elected board member on the national American Legion Auxiliary Foundation board and as Grants and Compliance Advisor to the board for the Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking.

Cover Letter

Evaluation Form
Responses are due on Monday, March 13 by 5 p.m.

The committee members are:

  • Kelli Klebe, Dean, Graduate School
  • Aidan Clark, Student Representative
  • Laura Edwards, Financial Administrator, College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Kaley Espindola, Human Resources Employee Relations and Experience Manager
  • Carlos Garcia, Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Acting Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance
  • Clay Garner, Police Lieutenant/Director of Police Operations 
  • Tia Grigg, Senior Assistant, University Legal Counsel
  • Melinda Hagemann, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Advancement
  • Christina Jimenez, Department Chair and Professor in the Department of History
  • David Moon, Public Administration Department Chair and Professor of Political Science
  • Jeff Reed, Executive Director, Facilities Services/Operations
  • Jevita Rogers, Senior Executive Director, Financial Aid/Student Employment/Scholarships
  • Suzanne Scott, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budget
  • Lynn Vidler, Dean, College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Staffing support is being provided by Racquel Paywa, Chancellor’s Office, and Elizabeth Wyatt, Chancellor’s Office.