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Maisha Williams Named Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer

February 28, 2020
  • Maisha Williams, CFO

The Trustees of Marymount Manhattan College are pleased to announce the appointment of Maisha Williams, CPA, as Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer. She will lead all financial and business operations at the College, including the Business Office, Human Resources, Information Technology, Campus Safety, Facilities, Dining Services, Administrative Services, and Auxiliary Enterprises.

Williams brings nearly two decades of experience in financial strategy, budget planning, and institutional transformation to MMC, having previously served in a variety of roles, most recently as Interim Associate Vice President for Financial Management at The George Washington University (GW), in Washington, DC.

“I’m thrilled that Maisha has chosen to join us at MMC, where she will make an immediate impact,” said Dr. Kerry Walk, MMC’s President. “She is that rare person who combines the entrepreneurial spirit it takes to innovate with the disciplined approach required to operate a college.”

At GW, Williams was responsible for strategic financial planning for all administrative units at the University, leading cross-divisional teams in developing multi-year budgets and financial models. Through partnerships with colleagues across GW, Williams also gained significant experience with fundraising operations, endowment oversight, enrollment and financial aid strategy, and compliance and auditing.

“I can’t imagine a more exciting time to be joining Marymount Manhattan College,” said Williams. “I have been involved with many institutions throughout my career, but what solidified my decision about joining MMC was its mission, its commitment to serve a diverse and creative student body, and its dynamic leadership team.  Its size provides a unique ability to remain nimble where larger institutions often struggle. As MMC strategically repositions itself for a more sustainable future, I appreciate that they are also making history, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Before joining GW in 2014, Williams served as the Assistant Controller at Howard University, also in Washington, DC. She began her career in the private sector, at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the “Big Four” accounting firms. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Accounting from Syracuse University. She expects to complete her MBA at GW later this spring, with concentrations in Human Capital, Leadership, and Financial Management.

“All of us at MMC welcome Maisha Williams to our campus community,” said Walk. “With her extensive experience in finance and administration, and her strong track record of fostering highly effective teams, I have tremendous confidence in Maisha’s ability to help take MMC to the next level.”