The University of Arizona

UA Selects James A. Hyatt as Interim Senior VP for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer

By University Communications, June 12, 2013

James A. Hyatt
James A. Hyatt

James A. Hyatt has been selected as interim senior vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at the University of Arizona.

In this position, Hyatt will serve as the UA's senior business and financial officer with responsibility for University budgeting, business processes and relationships with University-related corporations. He will begin his duties July 1.

"We are fortunate to have someone of Jim's caliber assisting us with our business and finance operation as we conduct a national search for a permanent senior vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart. "We expect to begin a national search process this fall."

Currently a senior research associate and principal investigator at UC Berkeley's Center for the Study of Higher Education, Hyatt has served as the vice chancellor for budget and finance and chief financial officer at the University of California, Berkeley, and as executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

He also served as the interim executive vice president and chief operating officer for the National Association of College and University Business Officers, or NACUBO, and director of the association's Financial Management Center.

"I am looking forward to working with President Hart and her team to advance the goals of the University of Arizona," Hyatt said.

Hyatt has worked as a principal investigator on a number of externally funded research projects in the areas of higher education financial management, financial reporting and campus safety and security. From 2008-10, he served as the president of the World Institute for Disaster Recovery Management.

During his tenure as vice chancellor for budget and finance at UC Berkeley, Hyatt implemented a new campus-wide financial-management system and an interactive campus resource management reporting system (Cal Profiles).

While serving as executive vice president at Virginia Tech, Hyatt was involved in the passage of the Commonwealth of Virginia's Higher Education Restructuring Act, which provided enhanced operating flexibility to Virginia's public colleges and universities.

Hyatt received both his bachelor's degree in English and his master of business administration degree in accounting and operations and systems analysis from the University of Washington. He is the author of a number of books on higher education financial management and is a recognized authority on college and university budgeting, financial management and cost accounting.