Mark F. Dingfield: Vice President, Finance and Treasurer


Mark F. Dingfield: Vice President, Finance and Treasurer

Mark F. Dingfield has been appointed Vice President, Finance and Treasurer of the University of Pennsylvania, effective October 17. The announcement was made Aug. 25 by Senior Executive Vice President Craig R. Carnaroli.

“Mark’s selection follows the completion of a national search from a strong and diverse pool of candidates,” Mr. Carnaroli said during the announcement. “His strong leadership skills, vast experience and dedication to Penn’s mission set him apart in a highly competitive group.”

Dr. Dingfield will lead Penn’s treasury and short-term investing and capital financing strategies, as well as overseeing its financial functions. He will also be responsible for the University’s multi-year financial planning efforts and will work closely with Penn Medicine management on its own financial activities. He will directly manage the strategic and operational direction of the Office of the Comptroller, financial systems and training, global support services, research services, risk management and insurance, student enrollment and financial services ( SRFS), Grants and Investment Services, and Finance and Treasury.

“It is an honor to serve Penn in this new capacity and to work with Craig Carnaroli and University leadership to help advance Penn’s mission through the effective stewardship of our financial resources,” said Dr. Dingfield. “I am deeply grateful to my colleagues in the Provost’s Office, and I look forward to joining the excellent team in the Finance Division, who play such a vital role in supporting the Penn community through a wide range of services. financial.”

Dr. Dingfield joined Penn in 2017 as associate provost for finance and planning (Almanac August 29, 2017). Over the past five years, he has improved the quality and efficiency of financial and operational services at the Provost Center, comprising 30 departments and more than 1,500 employees, while having a positive impact on the entire University. At the Provost Center, he developed new processes and reports that track financial commitments and budgets, created a capital and project planning group that completed a wide range of facility projects, and extended the service model shared Provost financial and human resources to include other key elements. Provost departments.

In his role as Provost’s Budget Liaison at Penn’s 12 schools, Dr. Dingfield has built strong relationships with academic leaders at the university by collaborating on faculty growth and the establishment of new academic initiatives. He also shares the University’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; over the past two years, it has implemented a new diverse hiring initiative that has resulted in a nine point increase (to 40%) in the hiring of underrepresented minority staff in provost areas.

Dr. Dingfield has had a positive impact on the University’s operational landscape as co-sponsor of two key business transformation initiatives, the Human Capital Management Program and Next Generation Student Systems. And as of 2020, he was a leader of Penn’s COVID Response Team, which designed and implemented Penn’s testing and campus health response to COVID-19.

Prior to joining Penn, Dr. Dingfield served as Executive Director of Planning, Analytics and Technology in the Office of Finance and Treasury at Princeton University, where he led an integrated team of financial planning, analysis and technology. While at Princeton, Dr. Dingfield led initiatives including the implementation of a new enterprise system for budgeting, financial reporting and data analysis. He partnered with senior academic leaders in the development of financial models for Princeton’s 2016 strategic framework, including financial planning and analysis of strategic, academic and investment initiatives.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Dingfield worked for Microsoft, both in the UK and US, on a range of multinational sales and marketing initiatives.

He received his BA from Swarthmore College, his MsC from the London School of Economics and his PhD in Political Science from Temple University. He serves on the advisory boards of Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia and the West Philadelphia YMCA.


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