Centralized Budget Office Staff
ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE
Centralized Budget Model
Centralized Budget Model
Development of a Centralized Budget office became a key focus for FY2011. Bringing together key individuals into one area, to focus on significant aspects of the university (i.e., auxiliaries, major operating departments and personnel resources) was pinnacle to the success of the model. As such, the present day Budget Office is very different from a year ago when only two positions existed; Internal Budget Analyst and External Budget Office. Currently the department has five positions, Budget Assistant, Budget Analyst, Budget Coordinator, and Budget Director.
The Budget Assistant position is presently filled by Mark Carney. Mark transferred over from the Facilities Department. Initially his focus will be on supporting the Facilities Department in their operating and capital improvement efforts.
Mark Dias joined the Budget Office as Senior Budget Analyst, transferring from Student Affairs - Housing. Mark will continue to provide analytical support to the Housing group. In FY2012 he will be adding Campus Services to the areas that he will support.
Connie Lemieux was previously serving as Internal Budget Analyst and is now filling the role of Budget Analyst. Her efforts will continue to focus on Personnel Resources. Personnel Resources represent a large aspect of the University's budget (approximately $81M or 38%). So as you can imagine this is a resource that needs to be closely monitored for impacts to the operating budget.
The role of Budget Coordinator is filled by Jillian George. This role offers an expansion of Jillian's previous role (Internal Budget Analyst). Jillian will focus on coordinating the budget process within the group as well as communications between the Dartmouth Campus and the Central Office.
"I am excited about this group coming together and thrilled to have each as a member of the Budget Office. Together we will offer a strong group that will play a critical role in improving transparency and transitioning the budget process from a transactional-based allocation process to a flexible and dynamic process that aligns strategic goals with funding and provides for accountability through metric evaluations; thus allowing the university to become more proactive in responding to current market trends and prevailing economic conditions."
-- Lynn Presto, Budget Director
As we progress further into this fiscal year, you can expect to see the Budget Office taking a more visible role across the campus. We look forward to meeting with the colleges and key departments on a quarterly basis. The intention here is to maintain current with general operations and have value-added conversations about critical issues that departments and colleges are facing.
We also plan to embellish the Budget Office Website to be more informative and user-friendly. In addition, staff is working to create a budget reference document that we hope will serve as a valuable reference too. It will contain key financial packages submitted to the Central Office, trend reports, and other financial schedules critical to the university's operations. It is the intention to post this reference on the Budget website where it will be available for all to access.