Ithaca College has named William Guerrero, an experienced and innovative leader with a record of achievement directing and improving financial performance in higher education and independent schools, as vice president for finance and administration. He will assume his new position on July 16.
Guerrero spent the majority of his career at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Purchase, where from 1999 to 2013 he served as executive director of the Purchase College Association, an auxiliary service corporation charged with supporting the academic mission of the university.
During his time there he developed non-tuition programs that improved services, reduced cost, and increased revenue. He established an Office of Environmental Sustainability, which included such initiatives as the first freestanding vegan/vegetarian café and first beverage container redemption center on a U.S. college campus, the first car-share program on a college campus in New York State, and a student-run food co-op and a farmers market in collaboration with PepsiCo. Guerrero also launched Purchase Park 2 Fly, a discount airport parking business located on campus that benefited both travelers and students, with the income generated going toward scholarships.
“Bill will be an important collaborative partner to our senior leadership team, our board of trustees, and our campus community. I am excited to work alongside him as we advance our primary objectives of supporting student success and keeping the IC experience accessible and affordable,” said Shirley M. Collado, president of Ithaca College. “His creativity and deep experience in developing and launching innovative programs that optimize institutional resources will be critical to our ability to help ensure a successful and stable financial future for the college.”
The vice president for finance and administration is the senior executive officer for Ithaca College’s financial resources and core business operations, with primary responsibility for the development and implementation of the college’s annual operating budget of approximately $234 million along with an endowment of close to $300 million. The vice president provides specific leadership over the departments of business and finance, facilities, auxiliary services, and information technology, and staffs the audit, finance, investment, and building and grounds committees of the board of trustees.