Holy Names University (HNU) announces the appointment of Michael Groener as vice president for finance and administration. Groener joined HNU on July 29, 2016. Prior to Groener’s arrival, Tom Hannen, former CFO of Notre Dame de Namur University, oversaw the finance and administration operations of the University on an interim basis.
Before his appointment at HNU, Groener served as CFO and vice president of finance at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he oversaw finance and business affairs, human resources, IT, and risk management. He implemented a short-term strategic financial plan to attain institutional financial sustainability over a four-year period; chaired a strategic planning committee to review academic programs and reorganize administrative support for greater efficiency; reorganized several areas to provide better customer service to the institution; established outside partnerships for the benefit of the university; and, prior to leaving, launched the implementation of a campus-wide risk management program.
Groener has more than twenty years of experience working in higher education finance and administration. At Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, he served as vice president for administration and finance and oversaw finance and business affairs, budgeting, human resources, campus safety, facilities management, hospitality services, and risk management. He helped revamp the endowment spending policy to mitigate short-term market effects; oversaw the planning and construction of two new buildings and the renovation of many other campus facilities; and developed a rolling five-year replacement and renewal schedule for campus maintenance. Groener has also worked in finance and administration at Claremont University Center in Claremont, California, and previously worked as a trust officer for the Bank of America in Los Angeles, California.
Chair of the HNU Board of Trustees Barbara Hood ’70, MPA, says, “We are so grateful that Michael is joining the HNU community. His wealth of knowledge regarding higher education finance, his experience with strategic planning, and his keen ability to position an institution for financial sustainability will help grow and strengthen HNU.”
Groener adds, “I am thrilled to join HNU at such an exciting time. In speaking with the University’s leadership, faculty, and staff, I was impressed by everyone’s dedication to HNU’s mission and by the wonderful work being done on campus by students, faculty, and others. I very much look forward to making my own contributions to the life of the University.”