BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Laura E. Hubbard, associate vice president for
budget and finance at the University of Oregon, has been named vice
president for finance and administration at the University at
The appointment, which followed a national search, was announced
today by UB President Satish K. Tripathi and takes effect Feb.
Hubbard brings more than 20 years of experience in higher
education administration to her new position at UB. She has a track
record of success in areas from budget and strategic planning to
Prior to joining the University of Oregon in 2005, she served as
director of capital planning and budget, assistant vice president
for administration and interim vice president for finance and
administration at the University of Idaho. From 1990-99, she served
as finance and administrative officer, as well as director of
facilities administrative services, at Washington State
"Laura Hubbard is a tremendously valuable addition to our strong
leadership team," said Tripathi. "Not only is she among the very
best administrators in the finance area, but she also is thoroughly
grounded in the higher education realm and is highly attuned to the
particular priorities and challenges facing a research-intensive
university like UB.
"She brings remarkable acumen and expertise to this important
role, as well as skillful leadership, a thoughtful ear and a
collaborative approach -- all qualities that promise to energize
and advance our university in its continued pursuit of
As vice president for finance and administration at UB, a newly
formulated position at the university, Hubbard's responsibilities
will include oversight of strategic financial planning, and
analysis of resource use and development. She will oversee UB
business services, internal audit, human resources, employee
relations and facilities units.
She will provide leadership for the institution's ongoing
efforts to pursue innovative business solutions and develop
operating strategies that enhance revenues and efficiency and lead
to more cost-effective administrative practices.
"The UB position is a natural extension of the many experiences
and accomplishments accrued over the course of my career, and it is
an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of reshaping UB's
future," Hubbard said. "I have a deep appreciation for the role of
a research university like UB, and I am looking forward to working
with my UB colleagues and the Western New York community in
achieving UB's goals."
Dennis Black, UB vice president for University Life and
Services, and chair of the search committee that assisted in hiring
Hubbard, said the position attracted an exceptional pool of highly
qualified candidates. "Laura's reputation for leadership,
high-quality work and integrity is very impressive," Black said.
"We are very pleased she is joining the university and will serve
on our leadership team."
At the University of Oregon, which like UB is a member of the
Association of American Universities (AAU) -- an association of 61
preeminent research-intensive universities in the U.S. and Canada
-- Hubbard was responsible for the primary budget, business and
financial operations. She served as the university's budget officer
and advised the vice president for finance and administration on
all financial matters.
Hubbard's accomplishments in Oregon included implementing a
strategic plan for financial and business services, and
comprehensively reorganizing business functions and processes to
better support the university's mission. She developed a Financial
Stewardship Institute (certificate program) and Stewardship Academy
for Academic Leadership to enhance organizational capacity across
the university in the areas of financial and fiduciary
She also led an effort to enhance university relationships with
local vendors, particularly minority- and women-owned small
In previous roles, Hubbard was able to find ways to diversify
university revenue streams and implement efficiencies. At the
University of Idaho, for example, Hubbard made energy efficiency
investments that returned annual savings and paid for themselves in
one year. She re-bid and restructured health insurance contracts,
generating both annual and one-time savings with no reduction in
benefits. She also directed successful grant proposals for several
capital initiatives, including the University of Idaho Research
Park and Center for Science and Technology.
Hubbard is a member of the Society for College and University
Planning, the National Association of College and University
Business Officers, and the Association of Higher Education
Facilities Officers. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism
and an MBA from the University of Idaho.