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College of Arts and Sciences Appoints New Assistant Director of Budget and Finance
Andrea Persin, an accounting and finance professional with more than 12 years of experience, has been appointed the new assistant director of budget and finance in the College of Arts and Sciences. She reports directly to Laura Troendle, the college’s director of budget and finance.
In addition to helping manage the college’s budget, Persin will coordinate and interpret financial reports for various units across campus; develop and prepare financial analyses; analyze data and troubleshoot effectively when needed; create reports; design and conduct analytical research, including preparing interpretive analyses and presenting findings in narrative and graphic forms; and collaborate with department chairs and budget analysts to identify and implement process changes that improve the overall operational efficiency of the college.
“I look forward to drawing on my experience to help oversee the fiscal health of the largest academic unit on campus,” Persin says. “The more financially sustainable we are, the better off the University is—specifically, in teaching, research and service. I am honored to help realize Chancellor’s Syverud’s vision for an ‘unrivaled’ College of Arts and Sciences.”
A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Persin comes to the college from AXA Equitable, where, for more than a decade, she held several leadership roles, including senior manager of enterprise governance, senior manager of insurance accounting and manager of accounting and reporting.
Troendle, who used to work with Persin at AXA, says she is the “perfect successor” to John Beecher, who recently left the college to head up the School of Education’s budget office.
“Andrea has diverse capabilities, a strong work ethic, the ability to multi-task and a collaborative approach [to work],” she says. “We are fortunate to have someone of her caliber in our office, and I know many of us will benefit from her expertise.”
Persin earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College. She lives in Baldwinsville with her husband Mike and her son Michael.