Anderson joins CoE to lead finance, operations analysis

Alicia Anderson
Alicia Anderson

Alicia Anderson began Monday as the College of Education’s new administrator of Finance and Operations Analysis.

Anderson comes to the college from the NIU Controller’s Office, where she has worked since joining the university in 2014 for a role focused on asset management and financial reporting.

Her responsibilities in the college will focus on development and implementation of the college budget; financial and productivity data analysis; budget modeling; and reporting.

She also will perform data collection and analyses to support college functions, and will make projections that will guide the college’s decisions and strategic direction.

But Anderson is most eager to begin collaborating with department chairs and office managers to help them understand how to allocate their funds.

“The Controller’s Office is all administrative and not student-focused,” Anderson says. “I wanted to be on the academic side of things. It reminds me in tough times why we’re here.”

Located in Graham Hall 314, Anderson reports directly to Dean Laurie Elish-Piper.

“I am thrilled for Alicia to join the College of Education because of her strong background in financial reporting and data analysis,” Elish-Piper says. “She is a very collaborative professional, and I am confident that she will provide excellent leadership and support with financial modeling, analysis and data-based decision-making.”

Anderson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy, has held financial positions in for-profit and non-profit sectors.

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