Michael Groener was appointed president in March of 2019, after having served as interim president since November of 2017. Groener joined Holy Names University as vice president for finance and administration in July of 2016.
Groener has more than 35 years of experience working at the vice president level in higher education finance and administration. Prior to joining 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 chaired a strategic planning process and oversaw the development and implementation of a short-term strategic financial plan to attain institutional financial sustainability over a four-year period. He also established a financially beneficial joint-venture partnership for a pathway program for international students interested in matriculating at Drew.
At Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, Groener 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 revamped 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 to address deferred maintenance.
During the 1980s and 1990s, Groener served as vice president for business and finance, and treasurer, at Claremont University Center of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California. There, he oversaw financial and administrative functions serving all the colleges in the consortium and served as chief business officer of Claremont Graduate University.
Groener received his bachelor of science degree in Economics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and his Executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University.