Three set to interview for VPFO

Visits for finalists to succeed Alice Brekke as vice president for finance and operations/chief operating officer kick off March 20

VPFO finalists visits

Open fora have been set for March 20 through March 26 for VPFO/COO finalists Robert Kohrman, CFO and vice dean for fiscal affairs at Wayne State University (Mich.); Jed M. Shivers, associate for finance and administration at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y.; and Ana Karaman, vice president for finance and administration, CFO and treasurer at Webster University in Missouri. UND archival photo.

Three finalists will visit campus March 20 to March 26 to interview for the vice president for finance & operations/chief operation officer position. Alice Brekke, the current VPFO and COO, is taking a phased retirement.

Open fora have been set for each finalist.

  • Robert Kohrman, former chief financial officer and vice dean for fiscal affairs, Wayne State School of Medicine, Detroit, Mich., 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Free parking will be available in the Memorial Union parking ramp; tell the parking attendant that you are attending the VPFO/COO open forum.
  • Jed M. Shivers, associate dean for finance and administration at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, N.Y., 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, EERC East Discovery Hall. There will be free parking in the front or back lot of EERC, and building door Z will be open.
  • Ana Karaman, vice president for finance and administration, CFO and treasurer at Webster University, Webster Groves, Mo., 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Free parking will be available in the Memorial Union parking ramp; tell the parking attendant that you are attending the VPFO/COO open forum.

Biographies have been provided by each candidate.

Robert Kohrman has more than 25 years of financial and administrative experience in higher education. In his most recent position, he was the chief financial officer and vice dean for fiscal affairs for the Wayne State University School of Medicine. In addition to this role, he was also the chief financial officer for the Fund for Medical Research and Education position which is a separate 501(c) 3 associated with the School of Medicine.

Robert Kohrman

Robert Kohrman

Prior to this position, Kohrman spent ten years as the associate vice president for budget, planning and analysis at Wayne State University, where he was responsible for the development and oversight of the university’s annual budget. In addition, he had oversight of the Office of Institutional Research and played a vital role in the development of three different strategic plans. He was also a member of the President’s Cabinet. During his tenure at Wayne State University, he was also asked on two different, year-long occasions to oversee the enrollment management functions in addition to his regular job responsibilities. During his time at Wayne State, he successfully guided the University through some of the most difficult financial times in the University’s history, developed metrics for resource allocation to academic units, implemented a new financial reporting system, developed a One-Stop-Shop for all student services, and implemented various budget models.

Prior to joining Wayne State, Kohrman served as the assistant vice president for budgets at the University of Colorado. In this role, he had the responsibility to oversee both the operating and capital budgets for the University. During the 12 years he worked at the University of Colorado, he played a significant role in the development of a new funding system for higher education in the State of Colorado and the development of a new medical campus, now called the Anschutz Medical Campus. Kohrman earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. While attending the university, he held positions at the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College and Schoolcraft College.

Jed M. Shivers (B.S. ’78 Johns Hopkins, MBA ’81 University of Connecticut) is completing his 35th year in academic health science administration. For the last 11 years he has been the associate dean for finance and administration at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, N.Y.), responsible for virtually all non-academic activities on the campus including: information technology, budget, accounting, office of sponsored projects, post-award grant accounting, student housing, security, food service, housekeeping, facility planning and construction, operations and maintenance, and environmental health and safety as well as providing management to its core scientific services including high performance computing, research computing, animal institute, etc. Einstein is a research intensive medical school with an operating budget of about $400 million including $210 million of extramural grants. In federal FY17 it received about $174 million in NIH awards.

Jed M. Shivers

Jed M. Shivers

For the first 19 years he worked as a departmental administrator or faculty medical practice administrator at Robert Wood Johnson, Stanford University, University of Miami, and Yale University Schools of Medicine. In 2002 he became the chief administrator for Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a similar position at the University of California San Francisco.

On a personal note, Shivers was born in Madison, Wis., where his father earned his Ph.D., and grew up near the campus of the University of Connecticut. His father was a faculty member there from 1962-2005, and his mother taught at the University high school. He met his wife, Sandra E. Shivers (Stanford University Ph.D. ‘94) as she was completing her thesis after a stint as a school superintendent in California.

Ana Karaman is an accomplished higher education administrator with broad, deep and diverse experience and expertise in institutional planning, finance and operations at both public and private non-for‐profit universities. Last year, Karaman contributed more than $20 million to the institutional bottom line through a combination of financial and operational initiatives at Webster University where she is the vice president for finance and administration, CFO and treasurer. In this role, Karaman serves as a steward of institutional resources and provides leadership to institutional planning, finances and operations to ensure financial sustainability of Webster’s complex worldwide operations across eight countries and more than 50 campuses and branches in the U.S.

Ana Karaman

Ana Karaman

Karaman’s expertise and experience include developing multi-year financial plans to support implementation of strategic plans, overseeing annual operating budgets in excess of $400M and endowments in excess of $300M, working with various budgeting models including RCM, financing institutional needs via various vehicles including bond issuances, PPPs, and other financial facilities. Karaman led successful legislative requests, developed and implemented master plans and oversaw delivering diverse major capital projects including academic buildings, parking structures, residence hall, student center, and an athletic complex facility for Division I University. In addition, Karaman has overseen offices of human resources, public safety, procurement, enterprise risk management, facilities management and others.

Karaman has been a member of boards of trustees in multiple roles including a treasurer of corporation and member of the Finance, Investment, Facilities, Audit, Pension Fund, and Executive Committees of the Boards.

Prior to joining Webster, Karaman served as vice chancellor for administration, planning and finance at University of Washington Bothell; vice provost for institutional planning, budget and effectiveness at the University of San Francisco; and associate vice president for business and financial affairs at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

Karaman holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin‐Milwaukee. She has served two National Science Foundation Fellowships; the first at Harvard University and the second at Princeton University. Prior to immigrating to the U.S., Karaman was a practicing attorney in Russia where she graduated with a law degree from the Far-­Eastern State University.

In addition to her administrative roles, Karaman continues her successful academic career as a faculty member. Karaman’s academic interest is in the areas of game theory and global climate change and its impact on human and state security. Karaman has published in peer‐reviewed journals and continues publishing her research.