The head of NC State’s Office of Finance and Administration is leaving for a similar position at the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania’s highly ranked business school. Scott R. Douglass, who departs NC State after three years in the top finance position, is returning to familiar ground. He previously served as Wharton’s senior associate dean of finance and administration and as the University of Pennsylvania’s treasurer and vice president for finance.
During his tenure at NC State, Douglass has been responsible for the financial management of $1.6 billion in total assets. He has focused on improving and restructuring financial operations and investments to ensure the university’s long-term financial stability. Under his leadership, the Office of Finance and Administration has developed new strategic and collaborative capital planning methodologies, continued the development of Centennial Campus and inked high-dollar, collaborative corporate partnerships to support NC State’s growing research and academic programs.
He has also overseen design, construction and renovation projects critical to student and faculty success, including Fitts-Woolard Hall, the Plant Sciences Building, Hill Student Success Center, Biomedical Partnership Center and the Center for Technology and Innovation.