About

Michael Crowley, Vice President Finance & Administration

 

Reporting to the President, the Office of Finance and Administration provides financial and administrative leadership to support the core activities of the University.  In close partnership with the President and Provost, who set the institutional priorities, the Vice President for Finance and Administration ensures that the financial capital and infrastructure are strongly aligned with the strategic goals and academic mission of the University.  The position holds overall operational responsibility for directing and managing the University’s financial affairs and ensuring that the organization makes sound decisions on the application of its financial resources.  As Vice President for Finance and Administration, Michael Crowley oversees financial management, human resources, administrative services, housing and dining services, construction, facilities maintenance, investment management, real estate, campus safety, and risk management.  The Vice President for Finance and Administration has oversight on an operating budget of more than $500 million and a finance and administration team that includes approximately 200 total fixed term and regular staff.

Chris is the Associate Vice President for University Operations at Santa Clara University. Chris's primary responsibility is to provide the highest quality physical environment while ensuring the safety of all students, employees and visitors. To facilitate this goal, Chris oversees the departments of Campus Safety, Transportation Services, Facilities, Planning and Projects, Utilities, Environmental Health and Safety, Emergency Management and Business Services as well as the Center for Sustainability and the Office for Cultural Resource Management. Chris also provides leadership in all long-range Master Planning issues as they relate to University Operations.

Chris joined the University in November 2014 after two years as Director of Facilities and Capital Planning for the Stanford School of Humanities & Sciences and five years as the Director of Capital Projects  for the Stanford School of Medicine. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master's Degree in Construction Management from Michigan State University. 

As Associate Vice President for Finance, Jessica's responsibilities include all aspects of finance, budgeting, accounting, and Bursar's office. She is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and of Yale University with an MBA in Finance and Nonprofit Management. 

Jessica joined Santa Clara University in 2018. Her prior experience includes several roles with S&P Global Ratings' Higher Education team over 14 years including Sector Leader and Analytical Manager as well as Finance Manager for the Olympic Torch Relay and Cross-Country venue at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

She is a member of the National Federation of Municipal Analysts and the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Jessica also serves on the Board of Directors of Kara, a local non-profit dedicated to providing grief support for individuals and families. 

As the Chief Investment Officer, John Kerrigan oversees the investment activities of the University. John is primarily responsible for optimizing the risk-adjusted return of the University Endowment fund. John also coordinates key activities related to investments with the Board of Trustees Investment Committee, the Vice President for Administration and Finance, investment advisors, money managers and other financial institutions.

Prior to coming to the University in 2002, John was the Managing Director responsible for Merrill Lynch's Institutional Client Division for the Western United States. Before joining Merrill Lynch in 1994, John held various sales and product management roles at Salomon Brothers for 14 years in the U.S. and Japan.

Since 2005, John has been a Director and Trustee of BlackRock's iShares Funds, a $350 billion exchange traded fund (ETF) complex. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the San Francisco Financial Analysts Society, and Associate at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and a member of the Hoover Council at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University. John also chairs the Board of Directors of the BASIC Fund (Bay Area Scholarships for Inner City Children) and is a Trustee of Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton. He is an alumnus of Boston College.

Robin is responsible for short and long term strategic planning as well as the oversight of business operations, facilities management, communications, budget, capital improvements, contracted services, and staffing for the Auxiliary Services Division of Santa Clara University. The Auxiliary Services Division includes Housing, the ACCESS Card Office, Conference Services, Off Campus Student Housing, Property Management, the Adobe Lodge, the Campus Bookstore, University Dining Services, JST Housing, and Auxiliary Administration including Auxiliary Technical Services. Robin also negotiates and manages exclusive beverage, catering and vending contracts for the University.

Charles Ambelang is the Associate Vice President of the Department of Human Resources.  In this role, Charlie is responsible for the management of the core Human Resources functions at the University: staffing, compensation, benefits, employee relations, payroll, HR information systems, student employment and learning and leadership development.  Charlie has been with the University for over 35 years.

Sam Florio is the Director, Risk management and Compliance at Santa Clara University (SCU) and the Group Risk Administrator for the California Province of the Society of Jesus Insurance Group (CPSJIG). The CPSJIG consists of California’s three Jesuit Universities - University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, and Loyola Marymount University, their religious communities, Jesuit High School, Sacramento and the California Province of the Society of Jesus (CPSJ) and its related sites. As director, he is responsible for identifying, managing, and/or transferring risk for the CPSJ and SCU, as well as actively aiding in managing risk for the Jesuit communities and high school. In conjunction with the risk managers of the other universities, he consistently shares best practices in risk transfer, control, and avoidance. Mr. Florio has taught a course, “The Law in Higher Education,” in the Santa Clara University School of Education’s Higher Education Administration master’s degree program. He has been in insurance and risk management since 1994, working for various insurance brokerage firms and a workers’ compensation defense law firm. He has a degree in history and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University.