Camarillo, Calif., May 18, 2011 – CSU Channel Islands President Richard R. Rush has announced that Joanne Coville, Vice President for Finance & Administration, has accepted the position of vice president for business affairs and treasurer for Scripps College. After an extensive national search Coville emerged as the top candidate and will join Scripps College, one of the Claremont Colleges, on July 18.

Coville was the first administrator hired by Rush in 2001 to be vice president for finance and administration.  She made a major contribution to the creation of CI, both in the physical plant of the University and its administrative systems.  Coville was responsible for developing the University’s finance systems, human resources and information technology structures, safety and policing departments, all while overseeing renovation of 1930s buildings for academic and administrative use, and planning and building new facilities.  Coville searched out innovative solutions to difficult campus problems, the most recent being the acquisition of CI Power, a power plant adjacent to the campus, which will potentially save the University millions over the next decade.

Rush stated, “Joanne has been a voice of expertise and perspective, providing leadership as the campus has grown. She has been a careful and creative steward of University resources and her commitment to students, faculty and staff over the past ten years is commendable.”

“Joanne has been my partner and I am going to miss her. Anything that would give her grand opportunity I want to support after all she’s given to us.”

Benjamin F. Quillian, CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, stated, “Joanne has been a tremendous asset to both the Channel Islands campus and the CSU system for the past 9 ½ years.  Her contributions will be greatly missed.”

Coville also volunteered her time in the local community by serving as a longtime board of director for the Ventura County Economic Development Association. As a leader in many professional organizations, Coville was awarded the highly coveted Daniel D. Robinson award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. This award recognizes excellence, leadership and continuous commitment in higher education accountancy.

Coville stated, “While it’s exciting to move on to new opportunities, my time with CI and the many people with whom I have been privileged to work, has been a real adventure.  It’s been a great experience to be able to work here and to contribute and help create this wonderful campus and to be part of such an enthusiastic and supportive community.” 

Coville has over 20 years of experience in college and university administration and finance including also serving as executive vice president at Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology, university controller at Stanford University, and assistant treasurer at Mills College. Coville also spent 14 years as a senior audit manager with KPMG Peat Marwick and her clients were primarily higher education and other non-profit organizations.

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