Dean's Office

Simon C. Chua

Simon C. Chua

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

Phone: 479-575-3194

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The Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration serves as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) of Fulbright College.   Reporting to the Dean and working in close collaboration with the Dean’s cabinet, the CFAO is responsible for strategically leading, planning, and organizing the financial, business, technology and administrative functions of the College. The CFAO will have considerable delegated authority to act on behalf of the Dean to permit expedited financial and business decision making and action internal to the College.  The role works closely with central administration offices on financial and business matters.

The CFAO provides financial analysis and management; develops and enforces financial and operations policies essential to maintaining a sustainable business model; owns the internal control environment of the College; and supports departments, schools, centers, and programs on an as-needed basis. The CFAO leads the development of the $75 million annual hard budget and manages the College’s finances to meet academic, operating, and financial objectives.  The CFAO has general oversight and accountability for the work of administrative staff in 19 academic departments/schools whose major role is the performance of business functions.  The College encompasses more than 46 programs and includes over 1,600 appointed staff/faculty/graduate assistants.

The CFAO will play a prominent leadership role both in the College and at the University level, to represent the College’s interests effectively and collaborate with peers in the other schools/colleges and business units on university-level financial planning. Representation of the College’s interests should be balanced with those of the University as one of the largest and most influential academic units in University.