March 17, 2003

Mandl named EVP for finance & administration

By Nancy Seideman

Emory has named Michael Mandl, vice president for financial services at Duke University, as its new executive vice president for finance and administration, effective July 1.

President Bill Chace made the appointment following a search that began last fall when John Temple, after 20 years of service, announced his intention to step down as Emory’s chief financial officer at the end of the current school year.

At Duke, Mandl has served as the chief financial services and budget officer since 1999 and is responsible for overseeing the financial division including budgets and analysis, capital budgeting/planning, sponsored research, general accounting operations, external audit and financial reporting, compliance, and universitywide administrative systems.

“We welcome Mike Mandl to succeed John Temple at Emory,” Chace said. “He brings to us an acute intelligence, a firm grasp of the complexities of private higher education in the United States, and a determination and tenacity to understand and then to solve the many fiscal issues that we, along with our national counterparts, will be facing in the coming years.”

Mandl led Duke in several institutional strategic initiatives including implementation of a formal capital construction planning and reporting process, and a revamping of financial reporting and communications, both internally and to Duke’s board of trustees. Mandl also has been instrumental in many administrative initiatives outside the financial area and served in leadership roles in the school’s strategic planning efforts.

Mandl previously held other financial management positions at Duke and at the University of Pennsylvania, including a term as vice dean for finance and administration in Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences. Mandl also has served in leadership roles on several not-for-profit boards and community bodies.

Before moving into a career in higher education administration, Mandl had held positions as a certified public accountant (CPA) with KPMG Peat Marwick and as a senior budget, financial and accounting analyst with Glaxo Pharmaceuticals.

“I think Mike Mandl is the perfect person for the job,” said Ben Johnson, chair of Emory’s Board of Trustees. “He’s a KPMG-trained CPA who has pursued graduate studies in both the liberal arts and business administration. He’s had private-sector business experience but long ago decided that he loved universities and wished to dedicate his skills to their success.

“Everyone who participated on the search committee felt that Mike has a unique combination of skills, energy and experience to succeed John Temple in this most important role,” Johnson said. “We are tremendously excited about Mike’s appointment and the impact that he can have on Emory’s future.”

Mandl graduated with distinction from George Washington University with a bachelor of accountancy degree. He holds a master of arts in liberal studies from Duke and has studied business administration, management and organizational theory at the doctoral level at both Duke and the University of Michigan.

Mandl will come to Emory accompanied by his wife, Nancy, and their two children, Michael, 13, and Grace, 9.