June 16, 2016—J. Aaron Christopher, PhD, CPA., CFE, has been named Palmer College of Chiropractic’s new vice chancellor for administration, replacing Tom Tiemeier, CPA, who’ll retire from Palmer in January 2017. Christopher began work at Palmer on June 13.
Christopher comes to Palmer most recently from Northeastern State University (NSU), Tahlequah, Okla., where he served as vice president for administration and finance. At NSU he oversaw $30 million in new construction projects; implemented classroom scheduling software to drive efforts in improved facility utilization, energy efficiency and class size management; and renegotiated debt and contracts resulting in savings of more than $1 million. Prior to that he was vice president of business and administration at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, Calif. Christopher was a 2015 San Francisco Bay Area CFO of the Year finalist.
The vice chancellor for administration is responsible for overseeing all fiscal and fiduciary responsibilities for Palmer College, in conjunction with the chancellor and Board of Trustees. Responsibilities include the functions of accounting; compliance; facilities; risk management; strategic planning; asset management; contracts and negotiations; investments; and institutional financing.
“We’re thrilled to secure Aaron for this key administrative position,” said Trevor Ireland, DC, Palmer Board of Trustees chair. “His background and achievements make him a powerful addition to Palmer’s executive administrative team.”
Christopher earned a PhD in education, with emphasis in higher education policy and finance, from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif., and an M.S. in accounting from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Okla.
“Aaron’s extensive skills and broad experience in higher-education financial management make him a perfect fit for our administrative team,” said Palmer Chancellor Dennis Marchiori, DC, PhD. “He has big shoes to fill, but he certainly has what it takes to lead our financial affairs area as we continue to grow in size, strength and stability.”
Source: Palmer College of Chiropractic