AVP Finance Search
UND is conducting a search for its next associate vice president for finance
Finalists have been invited to campus to vie for UND's next associate vice president for finance (AVPF). Interviews will take place the week of April 17.
Candidate Interview Schedule
Odella Fuqua, a collaborative leader with over 30 years of strategic initiative and financial experience, is currently serving as UND’s interim associate vice president for finance.
Fuqua, a North Dakotan, was raised on a farm where she learned the value of a strong work ethic and finding solutions to challenging situations. After graduating from UND, she spent 10 years working in North Carolina, gaining valuable experience working as a private sector auditor specializing in college audits and at Duke University preparing monthly financial statements and implementing new systems.
Since returning to North Dakota, Fuqua has held financial leadership roles within the UND central finance unit and the Division of Continuing Education. During her continuing education tenure, she launched a range of student administration and financial report writing initiatives that led to a 120 percent growth in division revenue. Fuqua guided the creation and compilation of information to improve data reporting, and implemented technology solutions for finance, human resources, and administrative services. Within the central finance unit, Fuqua led the campus-wide implementation of the Model for Incentive-based Resource Allocation (MIRA). Fuqua and her team provide transparent, collaborative, strategic fiscal and operational guidance to UND leadership and business officers, driving institutional efforts to improve financial planning and decision making.
Fuqua’s passion is mentoring, guiding, and empowering staff to support them with reaching their professional endeavors. She believes in aligning human, financial and space resources to grow, meet challenges and accomplish goals. Fuqua has received numerous awards for meritorious service throughout her career, including UND Meritorious Service award, UND Robert O. and Marcia D. Kelly Collaboration Award and the North Dakota Library Association Benefactor of the Year award.
Fuqua graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. She also holds certified public accountant licenses in both North Dakota and North Carolina.
|Monday, April 17|
|8 a.m.||Search Committee|
|9 a.m.||Division of Finance Staff|
|10 a.m.||Finance Direct Reports|
|2 p.m.||Open Forum Recording|
|Tuesday, April 18|
|8 a.m.||Executive Council|
|9 a.m.||Finance & Operations Direct Reports|
|10 a.m.||College Finance Team|
Feedback survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on 4/19.
|Week of February 19||Search is publically launched|
|March 21||Deadline for applications|
|Week of April 3||Seach committee conducts first round interviews via Zoom|
|Week of April 17||Finalists present for on-campus interviews|
|Week of May 1||Announcement of next associate vice president for finance|