PROVIDENCE, RI [Brown University] – Sarah C. Latham, an accomplished executive in higher education administration who currently serves as Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services at the University of California, Santa Cruz, has been named the next Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration at Brown University.
Since joining UC Santa Cruz in 2012, Latham has been responsible for a broad portfolio that includes everything from business services and human resources to facilities, athletics, housing and campus policing. . She oversees the financial affairs of a university with an annual operating budget of $ 830 million, an array of campus construction projects and a staff of nearly 1,000 employees. Over the past year, she has played a leading role in the campus operational response to COVID-19, including the development of a new telework model.
Brown President Christina H. Paxson said that in finding its next Executive Vice President, the University was looking for a collaborative leader and a talented manager with the ability to advance operational excellence across a wide range of departments. and administrative units.
“Sarah brings a partnership-based approach among faculty, staff, students and community leaders,” said Paxson. “His leadership will be instrumental in ensuring strong administrative and financial support for Brown’s academic mission and distinctive student experience. She is deeply qualified both for advancing strategic priorities and supporting teams, as well as for the essential work at the tactical level that keeps a vibrant college campus moving forward. We are delighted to welcome him to Brown.
Latham’s appointment follows a nationwide search. As a senior member of the University’s management team responsible for most non-academic operations, she will report directly to Paxson and lead all administrative, commercial and financial operations. The portfolio responsibilities of the Executive Vice President include, among others, finance and treasury functions, human resources, facilities management, real estate, risk management, business operations, catering services, internal audit and ancillary services, including the Brown Bookstore.
Additional responsibilities include working with the President’s leadership team on strategic planning, including developing financial and capital plans; working with the provost and senior staff of the University Resources Committee to develop annual budget recommendations; and advising the President and Brown Corporation on financial planning.
Before his appointment to UC Santa Cruz, Latham served for 10 years at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, as Director of Institutional Research, Assistant to the President and ultimately Vice President of Operations and Planning from 2008 to 2012. She was also an instructor in the Department of Political Science, teaching courses on public policies that have built on early career experiences in the Florida State Legislature and the Florida Board of Regents.