Former PricewaterhouseCoopers Higher Education Executive Dale Cassidy Joins FAMU as Vice President for Finance and Administration

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Former PricewaterhouseCoopers Higher Education Executive Dale Cassidy Joins FAMU as Vice President for Finance and Administration

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) today announced the appointment of Dale Cassidy as vice president for Finance and Administration. Cassidy will assume his position with the University in mid-October. He was chosen after an extensive nationwide search.

As the vice president for Finance and Administration, he will be responsible for the continued enhancement of the University’s budget, financial management, enterprise information technology, and accounting systems.

Cassidy brings to FAMU almost 40 years of transformative leadership experience. He has worked as a certified public accountant for nearly 30 years and has focused on higher education since 1991. He served as regional director of Education Advisory Services for PricewaterhouseCoopers and director of Internal Audit at both Tulane University and Hospital System and The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Prior to being appointed FAMU’s vice president for Finance and Administration, Cassidy served as vice president of Business Affairs at The University of Texas of the Permian Basis in Odessa. He directed the financial operation during a period where the university experienced an unprecedented 24 percent increase in enrollment and a 120 percent increase in the growth of the institution’s private endowment.

The UT system hired Cassidy from the Texas A&M University system, where he served in a leadership role in the international presence of Texas A&M University at Qatar. As CFO, Cassidy was one of four senior executives who led the campus in “Education City” during a period of rapid growth, which included increases in funded research from $5 million to $72 million, the annual operating budget from $45 million to $100 million, and in the number of faculty from 40 to 90.

“We are delighted to have appointed Dale Cassidy as the University’s vice president for Finance and Administration,” said FAMU President Elmira Mangum, Ph.D. “He brings a wealth of experience in finance and long-term strategic analysis and will add tremendous value to our leadership team as we strive to make FAMU a global brand for the 21st century and beyond.”

Cassidy echoes President Mangum’s fervor and welcomes the opportunity to bring his international higher education experience to Florida’s capital city and to FAMU under its new season of leadership.

“I am excited about joining the FAMU senior leadership team,” Cassidy said. “I admire the University’s commitment to academic excellence and its vision to become a best-in-class university that prepares students to take their place in the competitive global economy.”

“I believe I can make a significant contribution towards helping the University to achieve this vision,” he added.

Cassidy received a MBA (magna cum laude) from Babson College and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Gordon College.

Editor’s Note: A photo of Mr. Cassidy will be made available upon request.

About FAMU

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is the largest single-campus historically black college or university in the nation. The University blends a strong research focus with a commitment to economic empowerment and community service.

The University was founded in 1887 as the State Normal School for Colored Students. Today, FAMU continues its mission to be a best-in-class, land-grant institution with a global reach that focuses on science, technology, research, agriculture and mathematics (STREAM). FAMU contributes to a strong workforce by providing a high-quality, affordable education to students of diverse backgrounds.

FAMU is recognized among the 2014 U.S. News and World Report “Best National Universities” and “Top 10 Best Historically Black Colleges or Universities.” It is listed among The Princeton Review’s “Best in the Southeast” colleges. FAMU is also one of the top institutions for providing a high quality education at an affordable price in Florida, according to The College Database (2013).

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