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New Vice President for Business Affairs announced
October 7, 2016

New Vice President for Business Affairs announced

By Amanda Lozano

President Cynthia Teniente-Matson announced the hiring of a vice president of business affairs and Chief Financial Officer earlier today.

Bill Spindle, Ed.D, begins his administrative role Oct. 24.

According to a news announcement, Spindle served as vice chancellor for administrative services and CFO for the University of Alaska Anchorage for the past nine years. He led a staff of more than 300 and managed an annual budget of $313 million. He oversaw the construction of 19 buildings designed for integrated science, health and engineering studies. Spindle has more than 19 years experience in executive higher education positions. 

He replaces Darrell Morrison who stepped down from his role as vice president (VP) for business affairs and chief financial officer June 30. Arturo Alonzo assumed the role of interim CFO July 5 while a university hiring committee conducted a national search.

Prior to Spindle’s leadership at UAA, he led contracting and logistics units as a career officer in the United States Air Force. He completed his military career as a colonel and director for contracting for the Pacific Air Forces Command.

Spindle earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering management, from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and an Ed.D. from the University of La Verne.

Interviewed earlier today by The Mesquite, Matson said Dr. Spindle is a perfect fit for the military-embracing campus.

“… we are fortunate to find such a well-rounded individual like Dr. Spindle to join us,” Matson said.

“He will be leading our division of business affairs, financial management facilities, technology, budget functions, auxiliary operations such as housing and dining, oversee UPD, complaints and risk management,” she said. “It’s a typical constellation of department of Business Affairs in any particular university system.”

Matson said Spindle’s role will include finalizing the university’s long-range master plan which Matson said is 80 percent complete.

Spindle was not available for comment today at his University of Alaska office.

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