Steven Holley, a Wheeler native and UM alumnus, has been named the university’s new vice chancellor for administration and finance. Submitted photo

OXFORD, Overlook. – Steven Holley, a worldwide finance and functions government with a history in greater education and the non-public sector, has been named vice chancellor for administration and finance at the University of Mississippi.

Holley, a Wheeler native who gained two degrees from Ole Overlook, brings to the university far more than 25 many years of skills from a profession spanning positions with a Large 4 public accounting firm, significant corporate businesses and increased instruction establishments. Subsequent a national lookup, Holley was picked to provide in the purpose of chief fiscal officer, wherever he will be responsible for monetary, endowment, amenities, business and administrative pursuits of the college.

“Higher instruction is likely by a very deep and prolific modify right now, a lot more so than any other market at the second, and one particular of the points I take pleasure in most is assisting establishments navigate adjust,” Holley claimed. “In anything from how we produce know-how to funding resources, we’re going by means of a great deal of change, and I’m capable to carry a assortment of considered and activities from all my former roles that I consider will convey creativeness and strength to the university.”

He succeeds Larry Sparks, who retires this month following 23 many years at the university. Holley is envisioned to commence Feb. 1, 2021, pending acceptance of his appointment by the board of trustees of the Mississippi Establishments of Increased Understanding.

Reporting to the chancellor and serving on the senior administrative staff, Holley will participate in strategic organizing, plan formulation, budgetary conclusions and strategic challenge-solving, as very well as offer money information and counsel on the implications of institutional choices.

“I was struck right away by Steven’s enthusiasm for the place and his knowledge of the financial issues confronting increased education and learning right now and into the foreseeable long term,” UM Chancellor Glenn Boyce said. “Steven’s collaborative solution to trouble-solving and change is a solid healthy for the Ole Miss out on lifestyle.

“Steven’s various financial encounters alongside with his administration skill sets make him a ideal match for the situation. As an alumnus, Steven exhibited a sturdy need to see the university thrive and advance. We appear forward to welcoming Steven and his household back again home.”

Holley comes to Ole Pass up from the Claremont Colleges, a consortium of 7 private establishments, the place he has served as vice president for finance and administration and treasurer considering that 2018. Ahead of going to California, Holley worked five many years at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, as vice president and main enterprise officer. In these roles, Holley mentioned he started to take pleasure in the real collaborative mother nature of functioning in higher schooling.

“Whatever the challenges or problems are, there is often a extensive net of collaboration forged throughout campus and which is a little something you seriously won’t obtain in quite a few other industries, so that’s actually what I get pleasure from about functioning in higher education and learning so a lot,” he claimed. “If there’s a trouble, obstacle or option, we’re going to figure out the greater group that we can invite into the conversation to aid us, and we’re doing that at a position surrounded by definitely sensible people.”

In advance of his time in higher training, Holley obtained company working experience in Memphis performing as main financial officer and treasurer at Del-Nat Tire Corp., as senior economic adviser for Federal Specific, and as senior director of finance and marketing for Industrial Parts & Electrical Motors. He also served in a amount of positions within Coca-Cola Enterprises and as an audit senior for Rate Waterhouse LLP.

Mark Wilder, dean and KPMG Chair of Accountancy at UM, claimed Holley’s experience, background and Mississippi roots make him a great healthy for the university.

“We are really psyched about Steven Holley becoming a member of us as our up coming vice chancellor for administration and finance,” stated Wilder, who chaired the nationwide lookup. “While Steven absolutely has significant sneakers to fill, I think he is unquestionably up for the endeavor.

“Steven has superb experienced encounter both of those in the private sector and in better instruction. He has extremely sturdy accounting, finance and analytical abilities. I am assured that Steven will get the strong fiscal basis that Larry Sparks has built about the previous 10 years-plus, and will sustain and expand our fiscal toughness though shifting us ahead in an more and more challenging economical landscape in larger schooling.”

In his role at Ole Pass up, Holley will oversee a wide portfolio of places reporting in the Administration and Finance division like: Accounting Airport Spending budget Bursar Contractual Products and services, which contains Campus Dining, the Ole Overlook Bookstore, Licensing, Vending and ID Heart Controller Facilities Management Services Arranging Golf Class Human Assets Landscape Solutions Parking and Transportation Procurement Expert services and Sustainability.

As a 1st-era university college student, Holley attended Northeast Mississippi Local community College or university, the place he acquired an affiliate diploma in utilized sciences in 1989. He went on to Ole Pass up, earning a bachelor’s degree in accountancy in 1990 and a Master of Accountancy in 1992.

“Higher education results in an environment for folks to improve and to join and to learn, and for me so much of that happened at Ole Miss out on,” Holley explained. “The discovering comes about in the classroom or in the lab, but most in particular it occurs with a group of persons of like thoughts who are on the same journey, and Ole Miss out on gave me that and assisted established the backdrop for anything else.”

Holley is doing work towards a Physician of Schooling in organizational leadership from the University of Southern California. He is a licensed general public accountant and concerned in a lot of specialist companies, including the National Affiliation of Faculty and College Organization Officers and the Council for Christian Schools & Universities.

An avid reader and exerciser, Holley spends time outside the place of work traveling and watching Ole Skip soccer when possible.

His wife, Leigh Holley, also a Prentiss County native and an Ole Skip alumna, is dean of nursing at West Coast University in Ontario, California. They have 4 children: Alex, 24, and triplets Jared, Matthew and Harrison, all 22.