Earl C. Cabbell, a Brooklyn-born certified public accountant with extensive experience in public-sector financial management, has been appointed interim Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Medgar Evers College effective April 30, 2011.
“His extensive background in effective fiscal controls and management bode well in ensuring the College’s future in these difficult economic times,” said Medgar Evers College President William L. Pollard.
Cabbell has served as Assistant Vice President for Finance and Budget at the College since June 1, 2010. Prior to that, he was Director of Risk Management and Compliance for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2009. Prior to joining DHS/FEMA, he served as Director for Policy and Procedures in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia Government; Acting Senior Vice President at the University of the District of Columbia; Deputy Director of Finance, City of Richmond, VA; and Vice President for Administrative Services and Chief Financial Officer at the American Association of Community Colleges, a strong advocacy agency for community colleges in the U.S.
“I welcome the opportunity to serve Medgar Evers College in this capacity,” said Mr. Cabbell. “Drawing on knowledge, skills and experience in public-sector financial management, I look forward to maximizing the College’s fiscal resources and, in turn, helping the College move forward with a number of short- and long-term progressive initiatives.”
Mr. Cabbell launched his career in financial management with the ‘Big Four’ accounting firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co., currently KPMG LLP, in 1975. Since then, he has accomplished a great deal in team-building, personnel management and enhanced productivity. Cabbell has held a number of executive troubleshooting posts for the mayor of the District of Columbia and the Federally-appointed District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority – Control Board, including: Vice President for Management at the University of the District of Columbia; Senior Financial Advisor at the Control Board; Interim Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia; Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Financial Operations and Systems in the Office of the District of Columbia’s Chief Financial Officer; and Deputy City Auditor, District of Columbia.
He has also served as Deputy Director of Finance/Chief Accounting Officer, Director of Finance, and Director of Accounting Systems for the City of Detroit, Michigan, the State of Maryland Department of Transportation, and the City of Baltimore, respectively. Cabbell also served as Director of Accounting for the Northeast Region of Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc.
His numerous honors include the Bronze Star Medal for a tour of duty with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam and an induction into the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Hall of Fame which portended an exemplary career in finance.
Mr. Cabbell holds an M.B.A. in Taxation and a B.S. in Accounting from New York University.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.