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Maria Anguiano named UCR Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget

Maria Anguiano

Maria Anguiano

Following a national search, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox today announced the selection of Maria R. Anguiano as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget.

Anguiano is currently Interim Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of California Office of the President.  Prior to that, she served for four years as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the office of UC’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Taylor.  In that work, she helped create and lead a variety of budget, accounting, financial planning, and capital planning efforts that are bringing long-term positive effects to the UC system.

In addition, in the past year, Anguiano has served as a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Post-Secondary Success Team.  There she created a new costing framework to help improve financial reporting for universities nationwide.  She is also a member of the State of California’s Private Post-secondary Education Advisory Council.

Among Anguiano’s accomplishments at the UC system-wide level are:  design of a common systemwide chart of accounts, the re-engineering of the Office of the President’s budgeting and financial planning process, development of a strategic plan to close a $650 million revenue gap in state funds for budgetary year 2011-12 and various activities that improved the management of UC’s cash flow and increased working capital investment income by over $60 million.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Maria Anguiano as chief financial officer for the UC Riverside campus,” said Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.  “She brings a deep knowledge of both public and private institutional finance and accounting, and has a proven track-record of taking on budget issues with both depth and finesse.  She will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.”

Anguiano said she sought the UCR position to become part of a campus that has grown dramatically in the past decade and that is poised for additional growth of research and facilities in coming years.  In addition, as a first-generation college graduate and civic leader in the Latina community, Anguiano said she found an inspiring setting at UCR.

“My experiences truly inspire and cement my commitment to educating and empowering diverse student populations at institutions like UC Riverside,” said Anguiano.  “I firmly believe that through a deep commitment to our land-grant mission and the concerted application of top-notch educational and operating models, we as administrators and leaders in higher education can guide students of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.

“In order for UC Riverside to meet the needs of a rapidly growing campus, we must find ways to fundamentally reengineer our operations,” said Anguiano. “This requires strategic leadership that intersects finance, operations, and academics.”