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SUNY Cortland names interim finance and management staff

By Adam Rombel


Mary K. Murphy(Courtesy of SUNY Cortland website)

CORTLAND — SUNY Cortland announced it has named Mary K. Murphy as interim vice president for finance and management, filling the cabinet position previously held by William E. Shaut, who passed away May 1.

Murphy, who worked closely with Shaut for nearly a decade as associate vice president for finance, moved into her new role this week, the college said.

She oversees all offices housed in the Division of Finance and Management, including SUNY Cortland’s physical plant and the business, facilities, and human resources offices. The position is responsible for the college’s budget and capital projects, and serves as its liaison with the Auxiliary Services Corp. and the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center.

Jody Maroney, chief budget officer for SUNY Cortland’s Business Office since 2004, also was appointed as interim associate vice president for finance.

She will have primary responsibility for the areas of finance, student accounts, purchasing, payroll, internal control, and Research Foundation fiscal administration, the college said.

“Both Mary and Jody are extremely talented professionals who have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the College throughout their respective careers at SUNY Cortland,” SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum said in a news release. “Their expertise and vision will help the College to maintain its strong financial foundation and ability to meet future economic challenges.”

Murphy, who joined SUNY Cortland in 2004, previously had served as director of financial analysis at Syracuse University since 1996, overseeing and managing financial analysis activities, plant accounting, and property management departments.

A native of Geneva, N.Y., and a graduate of Cicero High School, Murphy completed the majority of her undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and earned a bachelor’sfrom SUNY Empire State College in 2000 and an MBA with a concentration in accounting from Syracuse University in 2005.

Jody Maroney (Courtesy of SUNY Cortland website)

As SUNY Cortland’s budget officer since 2004, Maroney developed, submitted, and oversaw budgets for four separate funds totaling more than $80 million in operations. She coordinated, developed, and submitted the dormitory 10-year capital plan and collaborated with the president’s cabinet, deans, department chairs, and directors to ensure fiscal success, the college said. In 2011, she was recognized with the Business Office Award of Excellence.

Maroney accepted a position at SUNY Cortland upon receiving a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the college, where she concentrated in financial management. She also has associate degrees in accounting and business administration from Tompkins Cortland Community College.

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