Wooten named IUP vice president of finance
...Following a national search, IUP President Dr. Tony Atwater has named Dr. Cornelius Wooten to this position.
...Wooten holds both a Ph.D. in higher education administration and an MBA.Wooten, who serves as interim vice president for administrative services at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala., brings almost three decades of experience in higher education financial management and administration to IUP.He is a strong advocate and has extensive experience in the areas of continuous quality improvement, customer service, strategic planning, economic development and community development.Prior to his work at Alabama State University, where he has been since January 2006, he served as the chief financial officer at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Fla. (2001 to 2006); the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Ok. (1996 to 2001); Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. (1994 to 1996); Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Fla., and Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Mo. > > Wooten also served as executive assistant to the chancellor and acting vice chancellor for business affairs at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, N.C. Prior to that work, he was director of business services at Savannah State College in Savannah, Ga. He began his work in higher education as an administrative fellow with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Program, serving a one-year appointment as business manager and chief business officer for Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tenn., and a one-year appointment as budget director and assistant controller at Fisk University, Nashville, Tenn.He began his professional career with the George Power Company and worked for North Carolina National Bank, both in financial management.Dr. Wooten also has served in a faculty role at several colleges, teaching in the area of business, management, marketing, finance and accounting.He also has served as a consultant and is active in his communities and in professional and honor societies in his field. Wooten has his bachelor's degree from Savannah State College, his master of business administration from Atlanta University's Graduate School of Business and his doctor of philosophy degree from Florida State University."Dr. Wooten brings to IUP a wealth of experience in university budgeting, finance and accounting," said IUP President Dr. Tony Atwater.
...While at Alabama State University, Dr. Wooten oversees the University's administrative services division and also is responsible for capital projects in excess of $125 million.
tenure at the University of West Florida
instituted standards, streamlined operations and increased operating efficiencies in the midst of University budget reductions; provided coaching, leadership and direction in the university-wide Hurricane Ivan recovery efforts and developed a campus-wide service initiative, "Making Way for Excellence" with the Baptist Hospital
in Pensacola. He
increased overall productivity and enhancements by 100 percent of all his
divisional areas and implemented university-wide customer service initiatives.Under his
leadership, the division won two national awards for governmental purchasing and one for mail service.
"I believe Indiana University of Pennsylvania
is poised via its 2007-2012 Strategic Plan to propel to the next level relative to its instruction, research, public service and community outreach pursuits.I look forward to the opportunity of becoming a servant leader at IUP
said.At the University of Central Oklahoma, he directed the University's Strategic Planning Process, directed major capital construction projects in excess of $55 million, including a $20 million residential housing project.He
also initiated a resource reallocation process and a comprehensive budget development system.He
also implemented a procurement card system, a campus beautification program, increased campus-wide parking and implemented a transportation shuttle system.
At Western Illinois University
reorganized the division, developed a capital budgeting process.He
also negotiated a new food service contract and provided leadership and coordination of the planning and construction of new campus recreation and wellness facilities.He
led efforts to complete capital improvement and renovation projects totaling in excess of $26 million.He also has served as chair of the Insurance Committee for the Board of Regents of Oklahoma Colleges and has been extensively involved in civic organizations in the places in which he has lived and worked, including the Escarosa (Florida) Regional Workforce Development Board, the City of Pensacola Enterprise Zone Advisory Board, the Arts Council of Northwest Florida, chair of the Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, Escambia County Board of Education Task Force on Diversity, and the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club.He
also has been a mentor to minority college and high school students and young professionals.He
received the Outstanding Young Men of America award in 1977 and 1980.Wooten
and his wife, Clarice Faye Hill, have one son, Cory, who is a business development professional.