Whittier College News Release
For Immediate Release - February 15, 2000
Whittier College Names New Vice President for Finance and Administration
Jan Legoza, currently treasurer and vice president for business and finance at the Colorado College, has been named vice president for finance and administration at Whittier College. The Colorado College is a highly selective, national liberal arts college in Colorado Springs.
Legoza directs the division of business and finance at the Colorado College, including the business office, human resources, student loans and accounts, auxiliary operations, central services, telecommunications, managed properties, facilities services and securities. She is also responsible for general oversight of the college's $335 million endowment. Under her leadership, the college has achieved upgraded financial ratings by both Standard & Poor and Moody's, and it has diversified its investment strategies to improve cash management.
Legoza earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a masterŐs in public administration with an emphasis in public finance from the State University of New York at Albany.
"When we began to look for a new chief financial officer at Whittier," said President Katherine Haley Will, "the search committee was charged with finding a successful executive who clearly understands the culture and financial challenges of a small liberal arts college. For nine years, Jan led one of the nation's top 25 liberal arts colleges as its chief financial officer, and we are delighted that she will be joining us at Whittier."
Prior to joining the administration at the Colorado College in 1991, Legoza was vice president for administration and finance for the State Colleges in Colorado, the governing body for the four campuses in the state college system. Before that, she was director of budget and planning for the University of Colorado at Denver from 1983-87, and as director of the budget for the Colorado Department of Education between 1979 and 1983.
Legoza replaces Jo Ann Hankin, who left Whittier in June to take a fund-raising position at California State University at San Bernardino. Controller Hoang Hau will continue as interim vice president until Legoza is on campus. "Hoang has provided us with dedicated service," Will said, "and deserves the thanks of the entire college community."
While Legoza completes the academic year at the Colorado College, she will work on a number of projects for Whittier, and she will participate in various Whittier meetings in the intervening months.
Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.
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