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Vice President, Administration & Finance Finalists

There are two finalists for the Vice President of the Division of Administration and Finance position who will be visiting the campus on April 8, and April 10, 2014. We encourage the University community to attend the open forums scheduled for each candidate.

If you have any questions, you may contact Susan Sanders who is providing administrative support to the search committee, at x3301.


Chris McAlary

Chris McAlary

Campus Open Forum
Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00-1:00 pm
LIB South 1940

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Mr. Chris K. McAlary is currently the vice president of administration and finance at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles. The Mount has two fully operational campuses, one in Brentwood and the other in downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. McAlary has more than twenty five years of higher education experience. His professional career began at the University of Southern California where he was a construction manager at the University Park campus in downtown LA. He then moved on to the USC Health Sciences campus where he was the director of facilities management. While there, the university tripled in size through land acquisition and Chris had to relocate the entire physical plant on two separate occasions that ultimately located the department off campus.

After more than eight years at USC, Mr. McAlary accepted a position at Cal Poly Pomona as the director of the facilities management dept. During his tenure there, the university went through a physical transformation of the 1,200 acre campus. In 1998, Chris became the associate vice president for planning, design, and construction. Through many partnerships on campus and at the CSU Chancellor’s office, they were able to plan, design, and construct a new central plant on campus. This was one of the first public private partnership projects in the CSU system. It was a thermal storage chilled water central plant that saved the campus thousands of dollars annually. Chris was at Cal Poly for almost ten years and participated in helping to complete millions of dollars of deferred maintenance and capital projects.

Mr. McAlary came back to southern California to accept his current position at Mount St. Mary’s College as the vice president for administration and finance after spending a short time at Stony Brook University in Long Island. He is currently in the process of guiding a national architecture firm through the second master plan for the college in his ten plus years of working there. He is the chairperson for the campus wide Remarkable Service Advisory Committee. Customer service continues to be his passion while providing critical operations and services to the campus in support of the institutional mission.

Chris received both his BS in Business/Finance and Executive MBA from the University of Southern California. Prior to attending college, he served a four year apprenticeship to become a certified journeyman carpenter in Philadelphia and was a licensed general contractor in the Los Angeles area.