Faces of the Finance Department

Date: June 29, 2021

If we have learned anything during this pandemic, it most certainly has taught us that we must be willing to adapt and change. As Fiscal Year 2021 rapidly comes to an end, I just wanted to reflect on a few positive changes that have been made in the Finance Office.

In October 2020, Cassandra Gravina began her role as Business Analyst for the Finance Office after spending more than a year in the Dean’s Office.  After a fall training, Cassandra successfully led the spring semester student billing and processing of Financial Aid. She is also successfully assisting the Vice President for Finance and Operations with various human resources responsibilities, as the Finance Office absorbed those duties. At the end of December 2020, Olivine Pilling retired after almost 30 years of service but graciously agreed to continue serving on a part-time basis becoming our payroll and employee and student benefits administrator.

Veena Khanna has expanded her role coordinating accounts payable and accounts receivable.  She has done a great job managing and organizing the electronic submissions of invoice and payment requests.  She continues to be a source of knowledge in processing gifts and other receipts.

We would like to thank the entire VTS community for being supportive and willing to adjust to change. Through your hard work we have managed to keep expenses low this fiscal year, with the majority of departments coming in at or below budget. This was mostly facilitated by significantly reduced travel. With the changing state of the pandemic, we expect that travel will pick up in FY2022, but we are confident that everyone will continue to be prudent stewards of our resources.

Lastly, as is tradition, please look forward to the annual shred day and most importantly the annual Ice Cream Social!

Terrell Whitaker
Director of Finance and Accounting

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