Wyden, Jr. Chosen as UF’s Vice President for Business Affairs
Leon L. Wyden, Jr., CPA, CGMA, has been selected to serve as the University of Findlay’s Vice President for Business Affairs. He replaces Marty Terry, who retired from that position in February.
Wyden, who will start in May, will be responsible for the management of all activities related to UF’s financial system. He will oversee the business office, bookstore, print shop, postal services, physical plant, facilities and the All-Hazards Training Center.
“Mr. Wyden, Jr.’s extensive business experience in academia and corporate America will serve the University of Findlay well as our campus moves forward with significant building projects and academic offerings that will greatly benefit our students,” said President Katherine Fell, Ph.D. “We’re looking forward to his contributions, insight and fiscal guidance.”
Since 2012, Wyden has been Tiffin University’s president for finance and administration, treasurer and assistant secretary who reports to the president and manages a 45-member team. Some of his major responsibilities in that capacity have included financial accounting and reporting, budget and financial analysis, auditing and investments, facilities, information technology and auxiliary services.
At Tiffin University, one of his primary accomplishments was developing a new budget program in Microsoft Dynamics Forecaster with faculty and staff to provide better information to the schools and department regarding their budget versus actual status. The product also provides improved automation of the annual budget development process..
Wyden also negotiated the purchase of a former manufacturing property to expand Tiffin University’s land area. This property was renovated for a new auditorium cafe and bookstore. Wyden also oversaw construction of the new $2.5 million Murphy Academic Success Center to support students who require additional support to achieve collegiate success.
Wyden describes himself as a “strong senior financial management professional with high integrity and extensive experience in strategic planning, process, systems and operations analysis.”
Before working at Tiffin University, he served as Upper Iowa University’s associate vice president for finance and planning from 2011 to 2012, and deputy controller for Howard University in Washington, D.C. from 2007 to 2010. He also worked in controllership roles to develop systems and manage planning an analysis for Michigan businesses such as The Budd Company in Troy, Integral Systems in Plymouth and BTR Automotive in Madison Heights.
He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Detroit in Michigan.