Sandy Connolly named Campbell University’s VP for business, chief financial officer

Sandy Connolly, the vice dean for finance and administration for Duke University’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences since 2007, has been named the vice president for business and chief financial officer for Campbell University, effective July 1.

Connolly has over 20 years of operational, financial, accounting and managerial experience in higher education at Duke and North Carolina State University. She is also a certified public accountant.

“Campbell University is fortunate to bring in a talented business and finance professional such as Sandy Connolly to our team,” said president J. Bradley Creed. “Sandy brings a wealth of experience from her time at Duke, a savvy business mind and strong interpersonal skills to Campbell at a time that will help position the University for continued success and growth. We could not be more pleased.”

A graduate of Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, Connolly earned her master of science in management from N.C. State, where she later served as director of business services and eventually assistant vice provost for academic administration and director of fiscal operations and academic personnel for a combined nine years. At Duke, she provided overall administrative management and coordinated and directed business functions such as financial strategic planning, budget development, human resources and payroll oversight, facilities planning and space utilization. She was also responsible for determining cost-saving strategies, maximizing revenue and resources and leading short- and long-term financial planning and strategic initiatives.

“I am excited, inspired and impressed with the spirit and enthusiasm around Campbell’s mission, the unprecedented growth of the University, and the pride in the students and community,” Connolly said. “I am honored to be part of Campbell’s dynamic leadership team and looking forward to joining a University of excellence.”

Founded in 1887, Campbell University is a Level VI SACSCOC accredited university that enrolls more than 6,000 students in nine schools. In addition to the main Campbell campus in Buies Creek, North Carolina, the university has campuses in downtown Raleigh, on the military bases at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, as well as online. The overall operating budget for Campbell is in excess of $350 million.