Jamaican Gerald Hector Named Cornell Vice President for Financial Affairs

Gerald Hector

Gerald Hector, who currently serves as vice president for finance and administration at Ithaca College, has been named to the position of vice president for financial affairs at Cornell University. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Hector will join Cornell’s administrative staff on August 1, 2016. He will be responsible for developing the university’s financial policies and the oversight of 150 employees. In his 23-year-long career in accounting and finance, Hector has managed most aspects of administration and finance in the higher education setting since 2004. According to Joanne DeStefano, Cornell’s vice president and chief financial officer, Hector was selected because of his extensive background, his “outstanding fiscal responsibility” and his “strategic and innovative thinking” throughout his career. She also noted that his “collaborative leadership style will be a major asset for Cornell, where he will be responsible for risk management, insurance, tax and financial initiatives, among other issues, and also maintain working relationships with the financial department at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech.

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