Ms. Mercer was appointed as Associate Vice President for Finance when she joined the SRU team in August of 2012. She is responsible for the fiscal resource management for the university including oversight of the budget process, accounting operations, financial reporting, and purchasing and contracts functions. Ms. Mercer came to SRU from Westinghouse Electric Co. where she served as the leader of Internal Audit for four years. Under her tenure at Westinghouse, she expanded the role for Internal Audit through development of an advisory program, managed the organization's financial controls compliance under the Japanese Sarbanes Oxley Act, and designed and implemented an Enterprise Risk Management program to address the most critical risks for the organization. Previously, she held several financial leadership roles at Education Management Corporation (EDMC) where she served for nine years, including Assistant Vice President of Financial Processes & Controls and Assistant Controller. Prior to EDMC, Ms. Mercer worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen LLP. Ms. Mercer is an active Certified Public Accountant and has a B.S. in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University at Erie, The Behrend College.

Mission of the Associate Vice President for Finance

To provide the highest quality of service in support of the institution's educational mission and sustain the institution's financial vitality, and to concentrate on serving students more effectively to help them succeed; to maintain financial equilibrium and ensure adequate reserves are available; to involve staff in strategic planning and continuous improvement processes; provide an environment that encourages professionalism, creativity, teamwork, recognition and communication; and, nurture a culture that expects and promotes quality.