Kaoudis named UCCS Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

Kathy Kaoudis will serve as the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance.

Kathy Kaoudis has been named Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (VCAF) of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Her tenure will begin April 1, 2023.

Kaoudis comes to UCCS from the Community College of Denver, where she served as the Vice President for Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer for almost five years.
As Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Kaoudis will be 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.

“We are very excited to welcome Kathy to UCCS,” said Venkat Reddy, UCCS Chancellor. “Kathy brings almost two decades of higher education finance experience to the role, along with a passion for student success, making her a wonderful fit for the team. I’m looking forward to her joining our Mountain Lion family.”

Kaoudis 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.

“In every interview for this role, UCCS’s dedication to students came through,” Kaoudis said. “I am so excited to join a team that shares my passion for student success. I am honored and humbled by this opportunity and look forward to getting to work!”

During her time as Vice President for Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer at Community College of Denver, Kaoudis led a team which increased college reserves by almost 80%, to the highest level in college history.

Kathy 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 bachelor’s degree.

A variety of UCCS community members served on the search committee. These individuals include: 

  • 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 was provided by Racquel Paywa, Chancellor’s Office, and Elizabeth Wyatt, Chancellor’s Office.