Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Appointments Announced

Two senior Philadelphia University administrators, Geoffrey “Jeff” Cromarty, Ed.D., and James Hartman, have been appointed as vice president for administration and chief operating officer, and chief financial officer, respectively. Both appointments will become effective July 1, 2011.

As COO, Cromarty will add the areas of safety and security, facilities and physical plant, human resources, summer programs/conferences, legal affairs and risk management to his responsibilities.

He joined Philadelphia University in August 2002 as the executive assistant to the President and secretary of the Board of Trustees. Cromarty has also served as the vice president for planning and institutional research, and for nearly two years as the interim dean of the School of Design and Engineering.

“Jeff’s leadership during a time of growth and transition has been inspiring and commendable,” said President Stephen Spinelli Jr., Ph.D. “His service to the University community and dedication to the advancement of our Strategic Plan are invaluable to the achievement of our vision to be the model for professional education.”

Before joining the administration at PhilaU, Cromarty served as special assistant to the President at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, he served as the deputy chief of staff at Drew University and began his career as deputy director in the Office of Constituent Relations for New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean. He also served as an administrator in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Cromarty earned a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) and Master of Governmental Administration (M.G.A.) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in English from Western New England College in Massachusetts.

Hartman, currently assistant vice president for finance and administration, has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer and will become a member of President’s Council. He will be responsible for all financial management areas of the University, including the development and management of the University’s operating budget, endowment fund, the student accounts office, business office, University Bookstore and dining services.

“Jim’s expertise and commitment to the campus community have been crucial to the success of Philadelphia University, and I look forward to his contributions as a member of President’s Council,” added Spinelli.

Previously, he served as the assistant vice president of Finance for the Cooper Health System. As a member of the executive management group, Hartman was responsible for supervising the general and patient accounting departments, audit coordination and the preparation and monitoring of the hospital’s $520 million annual operating budget.

He has held positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Health Systems and at Ernst & Young, where he spent several years auditing companies in a variety of industries, including colleges and universities and other not-for-profit organizations.

Hartman, a CPA, is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University. He will graduate with an MBA from Philadelphia University this spring.

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