Finance, Administration and Information Technology

About Us

Fulbright Finance and Administration Unit (FFA) is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research missions of Fulbright College by providing outstanding financial and information technology services to the College community; by providing support, guidance and consultation; by working to ensure compliance with University and federal guidelines; by mitigating risk; and by promoting the financial health of the College.   We commit to steward the College’s assets efficiently, such that resources are assured for current and future generations of faculty, staff and students.


The mission of Fulbright Finance and Administration (FFA) is to provide high-quality business, finance, and information technology services to the Fulbright College community by committing to delivering exceptional customer service, resource stewardship, and providing operational excellence. We seek respectful and ongoing relationships to enhance constituent experiences.

The vision of Fulbright Finance and Administration (FAA) is to be a strategic support partner that represents the highest level of knowledge, skills, and abilities, serving as the leading resource for faculty and staff for information and cutting-edge innovation. We will be mindful that our actions reflect respect and courtesy and our treatment of others will be caring and fair.


FFA, led by the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration, is responsible for administrative oversight of the following 12 core areas:

Budget and Planning

Accounting Services

Fiscal Operations

Information Technology Services

Financial Reporting

Sponsored Programs/Grant Administration

Endowments/Gifts Administration

Capital Planning

Strategic Procurement and Travel

Business Operations

Risk Management and Audit Services

Payroll Distributions

Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration

Simon Chua

Simon Chua

Phone: 479-575-3194

The assistant dean for finance and administration serves as the chief finance and administration officer for the college and principal fiscal advisor to the dean; directs and coordinates financial planning and resource allocation for the college’s operating budget; maintains a sound financial environment and promotes good business practices; collaborates with all department heads and program directors on financial matters; works closely with the dean and associate deans to develop and coordinate the college’s annual academic and operating budget planning process; forecasts and predicts resource requirements for new and existing programs and develops funding strategies; and serves as college liaison with university financial and business affairs. This role will oversee all College’s administrative functions for fiscal and administrative operations, budget and planning, and information technology offices.

Senior Director of Financial Affairs

Fulbright Main



The Senior Director works closely with the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration and other members of the executive team to review, evaluate, and improve the fiscal operations budgetary processes. Responsibilities of the position include financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, and analysis. The Senior Director prepares regular and ad hoc reports of budget versus actual expenses and provides reporting, tracking, and assessment of annual operating budget processes; identifies funding sources.  The Senior Director ensures that all financial transactions are processed accurately and promptly. The areas of responsibility of the Senior Director include fiscal operations, academic administrative and interdisciplinary program support, grant and foundation accounting, and business operations.

Senior Director of Technology

Teresa Waddell

Teresa Waddell

Phone: 479-575-7512

Direct and evaluate Fulbright IT Staff on technology related projects, technology classrooms, and initiatives. Provide technical judgment and solutions for complex matters. Oversee annual Fulbright IT Budget and technology related purchases for the college. Plan and coordinate functions in Fulbright IT of computer support to ensure efficiency and optimum utilization of resources.  Gather and share technical college-wide needs, contribute input, and work with other IT leadership to reach solutions through work on various IT campus committees and project teams.


Director of Grant and Gift Administration

Kim Gillow

Kim Gillow

Phone: 479-575-3709

The Director of Grant and Gift Administration is primarily responsible for managing research and endowment funding for the College. Responsibilities include: monitor expenditures on grant cost centers for allowability based on available grant funding, sponsor policy and University policy; review and approve all transactions on RIF, start-up, endowment, and foundation cost centers; provide monthly financial statements to Department Chairs and Administrators on all RIF, start-up, and foundation cost centers/accounts; provide monthly financial statements to Endowed Chairs and Professors; run periodic financial summaries and analysis for faculty PIs as requested; assist Associate Dean with all aspects of MIPAR administration; and audit summer salary savings from grants.