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November 3, 2017


Dear University of Miami Colleagues,

I am delighted to share with you that Brandon Gilliland will be joining the University of Miami as vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) on December 18, 2017.

Brandon has more than 20 years of senior financial leadership experience in various institutional settings. He is currently the vice president for finance at Wake Forest University, where he has served in financial leadership roles since 2007.  At Wake Forest, he provides oversight for the controller’s office, treasury management, financial operations, procurement services, risk management, finance systems, campus business services, and serves on multiple committees including the Workday steering committee.  During his tenure at Wake Forest, his accomplishments include leading $500 million in financing activities and reducing the cost of borrowing capital; improving investment income by 50 percent; developing a strategic long-term financial model; implementing a number of best practices including liquidity policies and procedures that were recognized by Standard & Poor’s as an industry best practice, and leading a talented financial team focused on providing valuable services to the University community.

Brandon has been actively engaged at the national, regional, state, and conference levels.  He was a member of the Research Universities Council and the Accounting Principles Council for the National Association of College and University Business Officers; chaired the Research and Doctoral Committee for the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers; member of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Chief Financial Officers; and led the Atlantic Coast Conference inaugural Enterprise Risk Management Summit earlier this year.

As CFO of the University of Miami, Brandon will provide leadership, oversight, and stewardship for all aspects of the University’s financial resources. The university offices of the Treasurer, Controller, Budget and Planning, Business Services, and Supply Chain Services will be direct reports of the CFO.

Brandon brings not only expertise and innovative ideas; he is especially committed to building strong, trusting, and collaborative university-wide partnerships. He is also excited to return to South Florida with his wife, Laura, and their three teenage children.

Please join me in giving Brandon and his family a warm welcome to the U.

Jacqueline A. Travisano, Ed.D
Executive Vice President for Business and Finance
and Chief Operating Officer