President for Finance and Administration Marcia Bromberg will retire from
Wesleyan at the end of the fiscal year.
four years at Wesleyan, Bromberg has overseen numerous improvements. When
she was hired she was charged with providing a more transparent financial
planning and reporting system. This led her to a revamping of the budget
planning cycle, budget and long-range planning materials, and the annual
budget and financial statements. The result has been a more open and
understandable set of processes and documents.
Bromberg also opened up the facilities planning process with the
establishment of the Master Plan Executive Committee, which has coordinated
on-campus planning and oversight for all facilities projects.
recognized the need for a specialist to manage the university's auxiliary
services and created a director position to oversee those areas. She led in
the recasting of the university’s bookstore, now operated by Follett College
Stores, which has succeeded in providing the level of textbook services and
support required by students and faculty.
collaboration with a committee she established, Bromberg developed a new
administrative staff evaluation and compensation system that links
performance assessment to individual and University goals and provides a
reward system for meaningful accomplishments. More recently, in
collaboration with the faculty's Compensation and Benefits Committee, she
conducted a health plan review which led first to moving the university from
a fully insured to a self-insured plan, and this past year, to an improved
program that incorporates new plan designs and healthy living options.
Bromberg’s creative vision enabled Wesleyan to construct new residence halls
on Fauver Field that will allow the university to house almost all students
in university-owned housing.
30 was the culmination of another initiative: Wesleyan's first Environmental
Awareness Day. Students, faculty, the Connecticut Consortium of Independent
Colleges and local civic and political leaders celebrated campus energy
conservation initiatives, recycling activities and our plan to incorporate
clean-energy electric vehicles into its campus service fleet. Through this
initiative, Bromberg channeled student interests and concerns towards
collaborative and positive results.
Wesleyan will soon begin a national search for Marcia's successor. In the
interim period after June 30, Vice President and Secretary Peter Patton will
provide oversight to the Facilities and Auxiliary Services offices. Vice
President for Information Technology John Meerts will provide oversight to
the offices of Finance, Human Resources, Legal Projects, and Project
Coordination. Tom Kannam, director of investments, will report to President
Douglas Bennet while maintaining a dotted-line relationship with the interim
and then the permanent vice president for finance.