Thursday, March 12, 2015

Rachel Mann
Office of University Communications
Howard University


WASHINGTON (March 12, 2015) – Today, Howard University named Michael Masch, vice president and chief financial officer, effective April 13, 2015

Masch most recently served as vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.

Prior to his tenure at Manhattan College, Masch served as the chief financial officer for the School District of Philadelphia, the eighth largest public school system in the country, where he was responsible for all aspects of financial administration for a district with nearly 20,000 employees and more than 200,000 students.

“We’re pleased to welcome Mr. Masch to the Howard family,” said Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, president of Howard University. “Maintaining the long-term financial health of the University not only benefits Howard, it also benefits our faculty, staff, students and the broader communities that we serve around the world. With his extensive financial experience and business acumen, coupled with his extensive leadership experience in higher education, he is uniquely qualified to take on this new role,” continued Frederick.

Prior to his work at Manhattan College and the School District of Philadelphia, Masch served as the secretary of budget and administration for the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to working for the commonwealth, he served as vice president for budget and management at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Howard University is one of the most revered and respected institutions of higher learning in the world, with a legacy and mission more relevant and important today than ever,” said Masch. “I am proud and honored to join the Howard family and look forward to working with Dr. Frederick, my fellow Cabinet members, Howard staff and faculty to continue building on its 148-year legacy of leadership and service.”

In his new role at Howard, Masch will report directly to Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick. Masch will be responsible for all aspects of the financial management of the university, including budget planning and resource allocation, accounting and financial reporting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, procurement, cash management, oversight of hospital financial management, investment management for Howard’s endowment and pension, debt management, and capital planning.

“I also want to thank John Gordon,” added Frederick. “John has served admirably as the interim chief financial officer throughout the search process. He has served Howard University extremely well under challenging circumstances, and we wish him continued success as he transitions to a new role with the university.”

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at