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UM Names New Executive VP and COO

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UM Names New Executive VP and COO


Nova Southeastern University’s Jacqueline A. Travisano will be UM’s Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer.

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TravisanoCORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – Jacqueline A. Travisano, a business and financial expert in higher education currently at Nova Southeastern University, has been named executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer of the University of Miami.

At NSU, Travisano—whose career encompasses 26 years of service leadership at higher education and nonprofit organizations—oversees assets in excess of $1.3 billion and an annual operating budget of $625 million.

In her new position, Travisano will be responsible for all financial functions, including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and planning; treasury services, (including investing endowment, pension assets and working capital, credit strategies and external financial relationships); information technology; supply chain; campus planning; and facilities design and construction at UM.

Travisano begins her new post on June 1.

Named one of South Florida Business Journal’s Influential Business Women of 2014, Travisano also will oversee campus and facilities management; emergency preparedness; parking; research administration; auxiliary operations, including on-campus retail; entertainment and dining facilities; and human resources.

“Jackie fills a critically important role at the University of Miami that is in direct response to the ambitious goals we’ve established as we move toward our centennial, which is less than a decade away. She will be an integral member of our leadership team who will have a positive impact on the future of our university,” said UM President Julio Frenk, adding that the University found the ideal candidate for the position “right in our own backyard.”

“Dr. Travisano has a strong track record as a successful agent of change,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, who chairs UM’s Board of Trustees. “I am confident that she will be a strong and energetic leader at the U.”

“I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to join the University of Miami, one of the top research universities in the country,” said Travisano. “This is such an exciting time for the University, and I look forward to celebrating many successes as a member of the ’Cane family.”

David Ertel, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer for health affairs at UM, will continue to serve as interim senior vice president and chief financial officer until Travisano assumes her duties.

Travisano has served as NSU’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2011, setting the overall direction, management, and effective administrative operations of the university in support of its mission, core values, and Vision 2020 initiative. NSU is a private not-for-profit university with more than 23,000 students and graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, law, nursing, education, and business.

Immediately prior to joining Nova, Travisano served as vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

In 2015, the 1,000 Plus Club for Cancer Research recognized her as Woman of the Year. That same year, she was named Student of the Year by the NSU Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, where she earned a doctorate in higher education leadership.

Three years ago, the National Diversity Council honored her with its Glass Ceiling Award, and in 2013 and 2014 the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County recognized her as one of Broward’s Top 100 Women. In 2012, the Florida Diversity Council honored her as one of the state’s most powerful and influential women.

Travisano’s charitable works include service on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Broward County and the Honorary Board of the Special Olympics of Broward County, and service on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes of Broward County. Travisano is also an active member of the Royal Dames for Cancer Research. In 2014, she served as chair of the 45th Annual Royal Dames Tiara Ball, raising more than $400,000 for Nova’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research.

In addition to her doctorate in higher education leadership from NSU, Travisano is a certified public accountant and holds an M.B.A. from Chatham University and a B.S. in business administration from Robert Morris University.

She and her husband, Peter, live in Davie, Florida, and have four children and two grandchildren.

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New Executive VP and COO Named

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New Executive VP and COO Named


Nova Southeastern University’s Jacqueline A. Travisano will be UM’s Executive Vice President for Business and Finance and Chief Operating Officer.

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Travisano

Jacqueline A. Travisano

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (March 23, 2017) – Jacqueline A. Travisano, a business and financial expert in higher education currently at Nova Southeastern University, has been named executive vice president for business and finance and chief operating officer of the University of Miami.

At NSU, Travisano—whose career encompasses 26 years of service leadership at higher education and nonprofit organizations—oversees assets in excess of $1.3 billion and an annual operating budget of $625 million.

In her new position, Travisano will be responsible for all financial functions, including accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and planning; treasury services, (including investing endowment, pension assets and working capital, credit strategies and external financial relationships); information technology; supply chain; campus planning; and facilities design and construction at UM.

Travisano begins her new post on June 1.

Named one of South Florida Business Journal’s Influential Business Women of 2014, Travisano also will oversee campus and facilities management; emergency preparedness; parking; research administration; auxiliary operations, including on-campus retail; entertainment and dining facilities; and human resources.

“Jackie fills a critically important role at the University of Miami that is in direct response to the ambitious goals we’ve established as we move toward our centennial, which is less than a decade away. She will be an integral member of our leadership team who will have a positive impact on the future of our university,” said UM President Julio Frenk, adding that the University found the ideal candidate for the position “right in our own backyard.”

“Dr. Travisano has a strong track record as a successful agent of change,” said Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, who chairs UM’s Board of Trustees. “I am confident that she will be a strong and energetic leader at the U.”

“I am grateful and humbled by the opportunity to join the University of Miami, one of the top research universities in the country,” said Travisano. “This is such an exciting time for the University, and I look forward to celebrating many successes as a member of the ’Cane family.”

David Ertel, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer for health affairs at UM, will continue to serve as interim senior vice president and chief financial officer until Travisano assumes her duties.

Travisano has served as NSU’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2011, setting the overall direction, management, and effective administrative operations of the university in support of its mission, core values, and Vision 2020 initiative. NSU is a private not-for-profit university with more than 23,000 students and graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, law, nursing, education, and business.

Immediately prior to joining Nova, Travisano served as vice president for business affairs and chief financial officer at St. John’s University in Queens, New York.

In 2015, the 1,000 Plus Club for Cancer Research recognized her as Woman of the Year. That same year, she was named Student of the Year by the NSU Abraham S. Fischler College of Education, where she earned a doctorate in higher education leadership.

Three years ago, the National Diversity Council honored her with its Glass Ceiling Award, and in 2013 and 2014 the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County recognized her as one of Broward’s Top 100 Women. In 2012, the Florida Diversity Council honored her as one of the state’s most powerful and influential women.

Travisano’s charitable works include service on the Board of Directors for the ARC of Broward County and the Honorary Board of the Special Olympics of Broward County, and service on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes of Broward County. Travisano is also an active member of the Royal Dames for Cancer Research. In 2014, she served as chair of the 45th Annual Royal Dames Tiara Ball, raising more than $400,000 for Nova’s Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research.

In addition to her doctorate in higher education leadership from NSU, Travisano is a certified public accountant and holds an M.B.A. from Chatham University and a B.S. in business administration from Robert Morris University.

She and her husband, Peter, live in Davie, Florida, and have four children and two grandchildren.

 

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After a Decade of Leadership, Joe Natoli to Step Down

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After a Decade of Leadership, Joe Natoli to Step Down


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Joe Natoli

Joe Natoli

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 22, 2016)—Joe Natoli, who guided the University of Miami through a decade of growth with characteristic wisdom and humanity, will be stepping down early next year from his position as senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer. After assisting in the search for his successor, he will continue to advise the University as a consultant.

“Joe joined the University after a long and successful career in the newspaper business,” President Julio Frenk said in a message. “During his decade at UM, revenues doubled to more than $2.8 billion, the University’s annual economic impact grew to more than $6 billion, and it maintained an A rating despite significant investment in facilities and programmatic growth. Please join me in thanking Joe for his many years of leadership and dedication to the University and in wishing him the very best in the future.”

“I have been fortunate to work for two of the most influential institutions in South Florida, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald and for the last decade, the University of Miami,” Natoli said. “It’s been great fun helping a community that I love dearly prosper and become a world-class location in which to live, visit, be educated, and receive the finest health care that academic medicine has to offer.”

A founding board member of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge who the South Florida Business Journal honored as its nonprofit CFO of the Year in 2013, Natoli joined the University in September 2006 after three decades with The Miami Herald’s former parent company, Knight Ridder, Inc.

At the University, he guided the financial health of one of South Florida’s largest private employers, with more than 14,000 faculty and staff and current-year revenues of more than $3 billion. As senior vice president, he oversees accounting and finance, including investing endowment and pension assets, information technology, human resources, supply chain, research administration, risk management, real estate planning and construction, buildings and grounds, campus police, and auxiliaries including the Convocation Center. He led University efforts with the city of Coral Gables that resulted in a 20-year development agreement that included zoning to build The Lennar Foundation Medical Center, which will open later this year on the Coral Gables campus.

From 2013 to 2015, he also served as interim COO of UHealth, the University of Miami Health System, where he was responsible for operations of the University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and the University of Miami Medical Group.

Prior to joining the University, Natoli was chairman and publisher of Knight Ridder’s largest newspapers, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News and previously, president and publisher of the San Jose Mercury News. He joined the University after The McClatchy Company purchased Knight Ridder and divested itself of the Philadelphia papers. But he spent most of his newspaper career in Miami, where he served as controller, vice president of operations, general manager, and president of The Miami Herald, and where his impact on the community and the University is indelible.

An enthusiastic supporter of UM Athletics, Natoli was, along with Athletic’s Tony Hernandez, the first UM administrator to interview then-candidate Jim Larrañaga for head coach of the men’s basketball team. To prepare for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge (DCC), Natoli became an avid cycler, completing the 100-plus mile event and consistently being among the top fundraisers. To date, the DCC has raised $16.5 million for research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

A recipient of the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews’ Silver Medallion for Humanitarianism, Natoli is also a trustee of the Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Foundation Board, which supports student scholarships and academic programs. He has chaired or co-chaired community-wide United Way campaigns in every community in which he has lived and worked—Miami-Dade County, Silicon Valley (San Jose) and Southeastern Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

And although he graduated from the University of South Florida—where he was honored as its Business School Alumnus of the Year—and earned his M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, he is a true ’Cane, having been selected for the Iron Arrow Honor Society in 2014.

“I am grateful for the support that I received over the last decade from colleagues throughout the University, particularly the management team and staff in business and finance,” Natoli said. “They are first-class and always put the needs of their customers first. I could not be more proud of the job that they have done.”

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A Solution for a Worthwhile Cause

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A Solution for a Worthwhile Cause


UM employees sort through boxes of donated toys, books, and other items at His House Children's Home.

UM employees sort through boxes of donated toys, books, clothes, and other items at His House Children’s Home.

The boxes had been sitting dormant in the warehouse at His House Children’s Home for days before a group of University of Miami employees arrived one Friday to begin sorting the contents—much-needed donations of books, clothes, furniture, and toys for the abused and neglected youngsters who live at the residence. Read the full story

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Business and Finance Honors Dedicated Employees

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Business and Finance Honors Dedicated Employees


Luz Escobar poses with Joe Natoli, senior vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer.

Look up the word “dedication” and you’ll probably find a photo of Luz E. Escobar. A systems analyst in Information Technology, Escobar has worked at the University of Miami for 35 years, an incredible three-and-a-half decade stretch she describes as “fantastic.” On December 12, Escobar and several other UM employees were honored by the Division of Business and Finance for their many years of dedicated service to the division.

10-year group: Elaine Alonso-Cruz, Nerida Rodriguez, Helen Mitchum, Lisi Carreno, Tiana Starks, Amiee Echeverri, Chris Perez, Ramon Molina, Derek Lawrence, Irma Abella, Isidoro Quezada, Vivian Smalling, Steven Frometa, Elna Cabrera.

15-year group: Teresita Von Plinsky, Ana Paneda, Lucia Cruz, Hiram Sem, Mari-Carme Saumell, Jill Colmery, Richard Jones, Kenneth Lair, Maria Moneo, Cynthia Collier, Jacqueline Asenjo.

20-year group: Katherine Wright, Glenda Jimeson, Norma de la O, Margaret John, Maita Beguiristain, Joseph Cilli, Orlando Bomnin, Cesar Ferreiro, Diane Della-Pietra

25-year group: Alice Williams, Maryesther Eymann, Liana Morales, Carmen Oliva, Camille Cilli, James Durante, Wilbert Henry, Saundra Pepper, Barbara Burns, Carlos Diaz-Silveira

 

 

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