Poynter Named Vice President for Finance and Administration

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In an effort to streamline administrative functions, Eastern Kentucky University has named Barry Poynter as Vice President for Finance and Administration, effective July 1.

Poynter brings 25 years of experience in higher education business and finance to the position, including the past eight at EKU. He came to Eastern as Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs-Financial Services and since April 2012 has served as Interim Vice President for Financial Affairs and Treasurer, responsible for the financial and overall fiscal operations of the University.

The appointment coincides with the retirement of James Street, who had served Eastern for 19 years, most recently as Vice President for Administration.

In addition to his current responsibilities, Poynter will oversee Facilities Services, Human Resources, Information Technology and Project Administration.

EKU President Doug Whitlock and incoming president Michael Benson jointly issued a statement, saying, “We – along with the Board of Regents – have full confidence in Barry’s abilities, acumen and experience as he oversees these vitally important areas of EKU’s operations and administration. We thank Mr. Street for his years of faithful service, wish him well in retirement, and look forward to working with Mr. Poynter as he assumes these additional responsibilities.”

Prior to joining Eastern, Poynter held progressively responsible positions in business and financial management at Berea College and Cumberland College.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Berea College and a master’s of business administration degree from EKU.

Published on June 20, 2013

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