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Tim Walsh, Vice President for Finance

Tim Walsh, Vice President for Finance

Financial Services provides accurate, timely, and efficient accounting, analytical, and financial reporting services for the Duke University community for the effective control of financial resources, as well as business services, including retail and book stores.

As Vice President for Finance, Tim Walsh oversees an array of accounting, reporting and financial functions, including the treasury, budgeting, procurement, real estate, stores and licensing, administrative systems, research costing and compliance, auxiliaries finance and controller’s functions. He assumed this role in 2011.

For the previous six years, Walsh served as Duke’s assistant vice president and controller, overseeing the largest division of central finance. Among other things, he led the analysis efforts for the Duke Administrative Reform Team (DART), which identified ways for Duke to save more than $60 million annually in the two fiscal years following the 2008 global economic slowdown; co-chaired efforts to streamline core financial and administrative processes that support the university’s international activities; co-chaired  the Research Administration Continuous Improvement (RACI) initiative, which promotes the efficient and effective administration of Duke’s $800 million research enterprise; and oversaw the implementation of monthly reporting processes that provide greater transparency of the university’s comprehensive financial performance to executive administrators and trustees.

Before joining Duke in 2004, Walsh held a series of finance positions that included administrative roles at Tulane University and the University of Notre Dame and consulting work at 10 major research universities, including Vanderbilt University, Emory University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Walsh earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree from Notre Dame and MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business.


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