New CFO taking strides to fill Sargent's shoes
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 17:11
A name like Vice President of Finance or Chief Financial Officer holds big responsibilities.
There's budget development, budget management and financial
The CFO is also responsible for the maintenance and cleaning of the building, understanding state laws construction, and renovation projects.
This job was taken over by Dr. James Williams after Mike Sargent retired. Amongst understanding the state laws, Williams has to understand and know the statues, as well as being adept at finances and managing funding efforts.
He has to know the property taxes and resources that come with purchasing and printing.
Williams also manages the bookstore, food services and catering, college revenue, and auditing.
While providing a stewardship responsibility to taxpayers and
making sure the college is solvent, he also finds ways to benefit
students in the long run.
Dr. Williams hopes to take a look at utilizing technology with the hopes of moving towards reducing our carbon footprint and going to a paperless college, which he believes would be a great opportunity for MATC students and faculty.
With such responsibilities and heavy workloads, one wonders how anyone could cope with job related stress, but Dr. Williams has an easy solution.
He walks whenever he can: whether it is from home, to work, or to meetings.
Williams also takes time out to play golf on the weekends, describing it as, "clearing the clouds."
His advice to students new and old would be to become proficient in budgeting money.
Learning how to budget, even if the student themselves have no bills to pay and are staying at home with their parents, can save anyone problems in the long run.