Michele Halstead has been appointed the College’s new vice president for administration and finance, after serving as the assistant vice president for administration and finance and interim chief financial officer and serving on the President’s Cabinet.
A native of New Paltz and an alumna of SUNY New Paltz, Halstead has held positions of increasing responsibility within the College’s Division of Administration and Finance since 1990 and has been asked to provide transitional leadership on several occasions.
“I regard it as a spectacular outcome when ‘one of our own’ ends up being the top candidate emerging from a national search,” said President Christian. “Certainly this outcome of the search reinforces the exceptionally positive experience I have had working with Michele, both in previous years and in her expanded interim role this past year. I am excited to have her join the College’s top leadership team on a more permanent basis.”
As the college’s senior non-academic administrator and chief financial officer, Halstead will be responsible for the institution’s financial viability and integrity, its operating and capital budgets, revenues, expenditures, business activities and debt. She will oversee Administrative and Financial Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Technology and Information Services, and Telecommunications. Vice President for Student Affairs David Rooney will continue to oversee Campus Auxiliary Services, a responsibility he assumed when former VP for Administration and Finance Jacqueline DiStefano left New Paltz last November to take a new position in Rochester, N.Y.
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