Laura E. Hubbard was named vice president for finance and administration at the University at Buffalo effective February 27, 2012. Laura is responsible for oversight of strategic financial planning, and analysis of resource use and development. She oversees UB business services, internal audit, human resources, employee relations and facilities units.
Laura joined UB with more than 20 years of experience in higher education administration and has a track record of success in areas from budget and strategic planning to organizational restructuring.
Laura is responsible for oversight of strategic financial planning and analysis of resource use and development and partnering with the Provost in budget planning and oversight of budget implementation. She provides 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.
Laura works with various internal and external constituencies to improve the overall effectiveness of the university’s financial and business planning and operations and provides vision, strategic leadership, and accountability for the Finance and Administration division (VPFA).
She provides 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.
Since joining UB, Laura has created a Community Advisory Group and holds related stakeholder outreach sessions to ensure the success of downtown initiatives, including School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (SMBS) building. She promotes best practices and professional development in VPFA units and increased engagement in professional associations.
Prior to joining UB, she served as Associate Vice President for Budget and Finance at the University of Oregon. She served as the university’s budget officer and was responsible for the primary budget, business and financial operations of the university. While at Oregon, she implemented a strategic plan for financial and business services, and comprehensively reorganized business functions and processes to better support the university’s mission.
Laura is a member of the Society of 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.