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April 15, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU vice president for finance and administration announces resignation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Charles Curry, Slippery Rock University vice president for finance and administration, announced today that he is resigning his position effective May 3.

Curry, who joined the University in 1986 as the assistant vice president for finance, was promoted to his current position in 1988.

“I’ve spent 25 years as the vice president for finance and administration, during which time I’ve overseen more than $300 million in new construction, renovation, parking and paving projects. I’ve also provided vision and strategic financial leadership for the offices of Accounting, Facilities and Planning, Purchasing, Contracts, Human Resources and Budget. That’s a great deal of responsibility, making sure the University is in sound financial shape and is in compliance with all state and federal requirements. At some point you say to yourself, ‘It is time to do something else.’ I think that time has come,” Curry said.

“During his tenure at the University, Charles was instrumental in developing the institution’s early financial reports and a cash management program that increased the interest from our investments. Under his leadership, the University has remained in a positive financial audit status. In addition to his regular duties, Charles agreed to serve as acting president during the spring semester of 2012 prior to my arrival in June. His willingness to accept the additional responsibilities is a testament to his commitment to the success of the institution,” Cheryl Norton, SRU president said. “We wish him all the best.”

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working at Slippery Rock University and through the years have had the opportunity to work with some wonderfully dedicated people. I’m certainly going to miss those relationships. My divisional staff is top notch and always answers any challenge. Several of the things I am most proud of during my time as vice president are that SRU has received totally ‘clean’ audits for the past 25 years. We have also maintained a stable financial condition, even during our decade of enrollment decline and more recent cuts to our state appropriations,” Curry said. “I’m also proud of the energy initiatives we’ve undertaken, which are already returning savings to the University, and the external validation of the quality of our services by SightLines and Middle States.”

Norton said a national search for the next vice president for finance and administration would begin immediately. Until a new vice president is named, Molly Mercer, assistant vice president for finance, will serve as interim vice president.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.