The City University of New York Board of Trustees named Sherry Frances Brabham to serve as the University’s Interim Vice Chancellor for Budget, Finance and Information Services at its January 25 meeting, Chairwoman Anne A. Paolucci announced. Her appointment is effective February 1.
Ms. Brabham has extensive experience in the area of budget and finance, having served as Vice President for Finance and Business at Queens College for the past three years. Queens College has a student body of 17,000 and an annual operating budget of $116 million.
From 1990-95, she was the University’s Budget Director. Her responsibilities included the development and implementation of the University’s operating budget and the development of the University’s annual budget request to the City and State of New York, articulating University priorities, needs and initiatives.
She also forecast and monitored the collection of revenue among the University’s 21 constituent colleges and schools and developed the University’s annual financial plan.
In her new role as Interim Vice Chancellor, Ms. Brabham will be the Chief Fiscal Officer of CUNY, the third largest public university system in the nation, and its Chief Technology Officer. She will be responsible for an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion, management of the University’s $120 million investment portfolio, and all financial services including budgeting, accounting, minority and women-owned business development, university-wide contracting, and internal control/risk management. She will also be responsible for university-wide policies and programs involving instructional technology, computing, and telecommunications.
She joined CUNY’s administration in 1984 as Project Manager in the University Budget Office, and established an automated inventory of the University’s equipment which had a total acquisition cost of more than $185 million. She was named Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor the following year. She had earlier held administrative positions in the New Jersey Department of Human Services office of Community Management Services, and the New Jersey Department of Health Division of Alcoholism.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a B.A. in Audiology and Speech Pathology, she earned a Master of Divinity-Theology from the Princeton Theological Seminary. Her honors include membership in Phi Beta Kappa and a Rockefeller Fund for Theological Education Fellowship. One of her first jobs was as a Counselor and Interpreter for the Deaf for the New Jersey Department of Labor & Industry Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.
A resident of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Ms. Brabham is married to James O’Brien and isthe mother of two children. She will serve, on leave from her position at Queens College, while a national search is conducted for a permanent replacement for Vice Chancellor Richard F. Rothbard who has resigned.