University of Findlay is pleased to announce that Thomas Lause has been selected to serve as the University’s vice president of business affairs, chief financial officer and treasurer. Lause, who recently retired from Cooper Tire & Rubber Company as vice president, treasurer, will begin his new role at Findlay on Feb. 5.
Lause’s 35-year career with Cooper was characterized by dynamic and innovative leadership.
“I am delighted to welcome Tom to the University,” said President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “He is an exceptional financial officer and fiscal leader. His business experience and passion for our mission will make him a great asset to the University of Findlay team.”
As the University’s chief financial officer, Lause will be responsible for providing the leadership and vision necessary to develop and oversee prudent fiscal strategies that assure the continued financial strength of the University while moving the University forward.
Lause said he is looking forward to professionally transitioning to higher education. “Having lived in Findlay for over 30 years, I know how important the University of Findlay is to our community,” said Lause. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with such a great team and at such a fine university. I am excited to serve and I look forward to meeting even more students and colleagues in the next few weeks.”
Since 2015, Lause served as the multi-billion dollar corporation’s vice president, treasurer, responsible for overseeing global treasury operations, risk management and tax.
Lause began working for Cooper in 1983 as a plant accountant in the Tire Division, and moved his way up by being appointed to positions in budget analysis, plant control, and administrative manager in Findlay and Texarkana, Arkansas. From 2002 to 2014 Lause was vice president, finance and global operations controller, where he successfully led global Sarbanes-Oxley Act implementation.
The Findlay resident earned a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Bowling Green State University, is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Executive Leadership Program, and earned a Certificate of Public Accounting.
Lause serves on the Ohio Manufacturers Association Board of Directors, Bowling Green State University’s College of Business Advisory Board, and is a board member and Finance Committee Chair for the Findlay-Hancock County Chamber of Commerce and The Alliance economic development organization. He is a past board director and treasurer of United Way of Hancock County.