SDSU VP finalists selected


BROOKINGS – Three finalists have been chosen for the vice president of finance and administration position available at South Dakota State University.

Each candidate will spend one day interviewing and meeting with university leadership on campus. In addition, there will be open forums for each candidate to engage with other key stakeholders, including community and university members.

The candidates are:

Robert Kohrman

As the vice dean for fiscal affairs for Wayne State’s School of Medicine, he oversees the school’s $300 million budget and led a financial restructuring. Before serving as vice dean, Kohrman was the associate vice president for budget, planning and analysis for nine years at Wayne State. In that role, he helped incorporate the university’s strategic plan in the annual budgeting process and twice served as the interim associate vice president for enrollment management.

He worked 13 years in the University of Colorado system, ending as the assistant vice president for budget and finance. He has also worked at Schoolcraft College, the University of Michigan and Washtenaw Community College.

Kohrman earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan.

He will interview today with the open forum taking place from 2-2:50 p.m. in Crothers Engineering Hall, Room 204.

Cale Fessler 

Fessler has served as the vice president for financial planning and administration at Missouri Western State University since January 2013. In that position, he provides oversight and direction for the following offices: Accounting, Purchasing and Business Services; Student Financial Aid; Human Resources; Risk Management; University Information Technologies; Campus Physical Plant; Campus Police; and Auxiliary Services.

During his time at Missouri Western, he has overseen an IRS audit, assisted in a capital campaign, structured financing for capital projects and is on the campus master plan steering committee.

Fessler was the chief financial officer at William Woods University from 2006 until 2013.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from William Woods University, an MBA from Lincoln University and a doctorate from Northcentral University.

Fessler will interview Friday with the open forum taking place from 2-2:50 p.m. in Crothers Engineering Hall, Room 204.

Monte Kramer

As the South Dakota Board of Regents’ system vice president of finance and administration, Kramer provides policy direction, support and oversight for the system’s $780 million budget. He also led several cost-saving efforts and various technology implementations.

Kramer started with the SDBOR in August 2000 after serving as the comptroller at the University of South Dakota for six years. He was also the SDBOR’s assistant director of budget and finance from 1985-1994. Kramer also worked at the South Dakota Department of Health and the S.D. Department of Social Services.

Kramer has a doctorate in educational administration, an MBA and a Bachelor of Science, all from the University of South Dakota.

Kramer will interview June 29 with the open forum taking place from 2-2:50 p.m. in Crothers Engineering Hall, Room 204.

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