Wilkes named CMU’s finance VP

Will succeed the retiring David Burdette
Barrie Wilkes

Central Michigan University President George E. Ross today announces the appointment of Barrie Wilkes as vice president of finance and administrative services, effective Oct. 1, with an annual salary of $228,000.

Wilkes has been with CMU since 1992 and has served as associate vice president of financial services and reporting and controller since 2005.  During 2007-08, he filled the role of vice president on an interim basis.

As the university's chief financial officer, Wilkes will be responsible for the day-to-day management of CMU’s fiscal and physical resources. He will oversee financial services and reporting, financial planning and budgets, human resources, facilities management, auxiliary services, campus police, parking services, and Special Olympics Michigan.

“Barrie has been an essential player in CMU’s financial health for more than two decades,” Ross said.  “He knows our university well, he has vision for the future, and he is extremely dedicated to ensuring that CMU is an extraordinary university for students, faculty and staff.

“The search committee did an outstanding job and produced two excellent candidates.  Both had much to offer CMU,” Ross said.  “In the end, Barrie’s knowledge and expertise made him the best person for this critical position.  This is an exciting time for our university.”

Wilkes said it is an honor to have been selected to serve CMU in this leadership capacity.

“It’s a big responsibility.  Fortunately, FAS and the university are a strong team that’s well prepared to address today’s enrollment and budget challenges,” Wilkes said.  “CMU has been a tremendous university for 121 years.  Together, the campus community is laying the foundation for the next 121.  I’m proud to be a part of that.”

Wilkes is a certified public accountant, treasurer of the Mid-Michigan Development Corp. and a board member of the Local Development Finance Authority.  He also has served as interim president of the CMU Research Corp., a business accelerator.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Michigan State University.

The other candidate was Sue Fuciarelli, vice president for finance and administration at Valdosta State University inValdosta, Ga.

David Burdette, vice president of finance and administrative services since 2008, retires Monday.