Janet Williams named vice president for finance

This announcement was emailed to faculty and staff on behalf of Executive Vice President Hof Milam on May 24:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

I am pleased to announce that Janet Williams has been named Wake Forest’s new vice president for finance.  Janet, who currently serves as interim vice president of the Division of Finance and Administration at Ithaca College, will assume her duties on July 1.

She will be responsible for managing, planning and overseeing the financial areas of the University to ensure the University’s capacity to fulfill its educational mission and vision.

Janet has more than two decades of experience in financial leadership positions with colleges, universities and Fortune 500 companies. She brings to Wake Forest a wealth of experience in strategic planning, operations management, financial management and budget development. Her exceptional managerial skills, deep understanding of financial operations and commitment to strengthening the Wake Forest community make her an excellent person to fill this vital role.

She will have responsibility for the management and operation of the business and finance areas of the University including accounting, student financial services, accounts receivable, accounts payable, campus financial services, financial information systems, procurement, risk services, fiscal planning, financial statement preparation, contract negotiations, payroll, treasury services and investments.

As interim vice president of the Division of Finance and Administration at Ithaca College, she serves as the College’s chief financial officer and treasurer. She has led the college’s finance and administration team and overseen the college’s fiscal resources, information technology programs, physical facilities, auxiliary services, and financial services.

She joined Ithaca College as controller in January of 2016 and was appointed interim vice president the following summer. Prior to joining Ithaca College, she served for four years as Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University.

Janet also served in several senior management roles with Lockheed Martin, Corning Inc. and Kraft Foods. She began her career as a staff auditor with Ernst and Young. She holds a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Texas, Austin, and an M.B.A. in production operations management from the University of North Texas, Denton.

Please join me in welcoming Janet and her family when they join our community this summer.


Hof Milam,
Executive Vice President