Division of Finance and Administration
Please note that this Division does not include Student Financial Assistance. If you have questions about Financial Aid regarding scholarships and grants, please contact Student Financial Assistance.
Student Financial Assistance - Phone: (270) 745-2755 or (270) 745-2756 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance and Administration Mission Statement
The Division of Finance and Administration provides essential services in support of WKU’s student-centered vision and mission. We strive for excellence in our daily operations and are committed to enhancing the experience of those we serve and employ. Our commitment is reflected in our core values:
- Maintain a high level of respect, ethics and integrity in all aspects of our operations;
- Support a culture of healthy living, safety and well-being;
- Ensure financial stewardship and regulatory compliance at the highest level of accountability;
- Provide a supportive, inclusive and engaging team-oriented work environment;
- Identify innovative solutions that enhance services in an efficient and cost effective manner; and
- Communicate openly and proactively to successfully meet the challenges of the future.
Departments reporting to the Senior Vice President include Center for Research and Development, Human Resources, Chief Financial Officer, and Internal Audit. The Chief Financial Officer oversees the following departments: Accounting, Bursar (including the ID Center), Payroll, Supply Chain Management (including Accounts Payable, Inventory Control, Purchasing and Shipping and Receiving), Travel, and Tax Compliance. The Director of Human Resources oversees human resources, workers compensation and employee wellness programs.
The Assistant Vice President for Business Services oversees Postal Services, Parking and Transportation, contractual relationships for Starbucks Downtown and printing and vending services, Topper Corner, the WKU Store, and takes the lead role in university property acquisitions and dispositions.
The Assistant Vice President for Resources Management is a shared position with the Vice President for Student Affairs and serves as chief budget officer for both divisions. Additionally, the Assistant Vice President for Resources Management oversees the central Budget Office.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Ms. K. Ann Mead, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer has been with the University since 1994, also serving as Director of Budget and Management Information, Director of Institutional Research, Assistant to the President for Economic Development, and as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Mead has served as a part-time faculty member since 2007.
Ms. Mead's duties include overseeing the financial operations of the University and the Division of Finance & Administration which includes approximately 100 employees and serving as a liaison with the community and state government on financial matters. Departments reporting to the Senior Vice President include Budget, Human Resources, Chief Financial Officer and Internal Audit. The Chief Financial Officer oversees the following departments: Accounting, Bursar, Payroll, Purchasing and Accounts Payable (including Inventory Control and Shipping and Receiving), Travel, Insurance (Property & Vehicle) and Tax Compliance.
In addition, the Division of Finance and Administration includes Property Acquisitions and Leases, Postal Services, Passport Services, Parking and Transportation, and Auxiliary Services: Printing Services, ID Center, Restaurant & Catering, Vending Services, and The WKU Store.
Ms. Mead has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Louisville and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Mead spent 10 years as Director of Finance with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and nine years at the University of Kentucky's Office of Planning and Budget. Current and past board service includes SPE II, Inc.; Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, Inc.; Bowling Area Chamber of Commerce; CITE, Inc.; WKU Foundation; WKU Research Foundation; Barren River Area Development Council; and Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky.
Departments & Phone NumbersAccounting & Financial Reporting
Accounts Payable (270) 745-2247
Billings and Receivables (270) 745-6381
Budget (270) 745-6375
Business Services (270) 745-3931
Cashiers (270) 745-5368Center for Research & Development (CRD)
Chief Financial Officer (270) 745-2035
Grants and Contract Accounting (270) 745-8882
Human Resources (270) 745-5360
ID Center (270) 745-2417
Insurance (Property & Vehicle) (270) 745-5859
Internal Audit (270) 745-4250
Inventory Control (270) 745-7017
Parking and Transportation (270) 745-2361
Passport Services (270) 745-4658
Payroll (270) 745-5365
Perkins Loan (270) 745-2986
Post Office (270) 745-3093
Print Center (270) 745-2708
Purchasing (270) 745-3056
Resources Management (270) 745-2242
Shipping and Receiving (270) 745-4262
Supply Chain Management (270) 745-3056
Tax Compliance (270) 745-5859
Travel (270) 745-5327
Vending Services (270) 745-8757
The WKU Store (270) 745-2466
Finance and Administration
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