Robert A. Munson
By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Robert A. Munson will carry the title of Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer, replacing Bill Laird, who is retiring.
Here is the message from the university:
I am pleased to announce that Robert A. Munson will become Loyola University Chicago’s new Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Rob succeeds Bill Laird, who will retire this month after more than 11 years of service to the University.
Rob comes to Loyola from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he has served as the vice president for finance and administration, CFO, and assistant treasurer. At Wittenberg, he leads finance and several other administrative areas. He is a member of the University’s senior staff and the president’s extended Cabinet and is the liaison to several board committees. Prior to his time at Wittenberg, Rob spent nearly a dozen years at Xavier University, the Jesuit university in Cincinnati, serving as vice president for finance, assistant vice president for planning and budgeting, director of financial planning and budgeting, and director for financial services. He brings to Loyola a dozen years of higher education experience, as well as many years in the services industry and at a “Big 4” public accounting firm.
In his new position, Rob will lead all aspects of the University’s finances, including the following departments: Budgeting and Financial Analysis, Bursar’s Office, Controller’s Office, Payroll and Payment Services, Purchasing, Sponsored Program Accounting, and the Treasurer’s Office. He will lead the University’s Budget Review Team, serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, and play a key role as a liaison and resource to our Board of Trustees and their executive, finance, audit, and investment policy committees. He will also collaborate with our partners at LUHS and Trinity Health in ensuring the success of our shared commitment to Catholic health care education and research. Rob’s first day at Loyola will be Monday, August 25.
On behalf of the entire University, I want to thank Bill Laird, who has been instrumental in Loyola’s success and growth over the last decade. He is a trusted colleague whose character, financial acumen, and commitment to fiscal responsibility helped us develop disciplined budgeting and spending policies that have put the University in a strong financial position for the next decade. There is no area of Loyola’s financial health that has not been positively impacted by Bill’s wisdom and his collaborative spirit and style. The results of Bill’s leadership and hard work are most evident in the transformations on all our campuses, our financial statements, the partnership with CHE-Trinity Health, and in the talent he has hired and developed within the finance division. I am grateful to Bill for his years of devoted service to Loyola and wish him many years of happy retirement.
Please join me in welcoming Rob to Loyola next month.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO