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Vice President for Finance and Administration

The Vice President for Finance and Administration, Steve Bridges, is the chief business and fiscal officer of the University. The position oversees, develops, and allocates resources for the Budget Office, Business Office, Facility Operations and Planning,Foundation Accounting, Housing and Residence Life, Human Resources, Information Technology, Internal Auditing, Public Safety.

For concerns about fraudulent activity, see our Fraud Policy Statement, Fraud Hotline and Fraud Report form. We also maintain the Whistleblower Policy and Conflict of Interest Statement.

For financial information, visit our Financial Transparency page of annual reports and budgets.

Our Departments:

The Budget Office is responsible for assisting University departments with the formulation and control of operating budgets and provides liaison services between University departments and the Business Office. The Budget Office also assists the office of Government and University Relations with the preparation of the University's operating and capital biennial budget request. Questions concerning these areas may be referred to the Budget Office, 812-465-1627, located in Room WA102 in the Wright Administration Building.

The Business Office is composed of functional units reporting to the Controller and Assistant Treasurer. The purpose of the Business Office is to provide the University community with a service-oriented operation that facilitates the maintenance of financial records, the acquisition of goods and services, the payment of obligations, the collection of debts, and the adherence to institutional business policies. Functional units within the Business Office are Business Office Accounting, Accounts Payable, Bursar's Office, and the USI Campus Store.

Ensuring the University facilities and grounds are comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, clean and enduring is the responsibility of Facilities Operations and Planning. We provide architectural, engineering, construction management, and planning for new facilities and improvement of current facilities and grounds. Existing facilities and grounds, exceeding 2 million square feet and 1.400 acres respectively, are maintained by the over 100 members of our HVAC, Custodial, Maintenance and Grounds Departments.

The Foundation Accounting Department is responsible for all accounting functions related to the USI Foundation including receipting and recording of private funds raised by the Office of Development, processing payments to vendors, and reporting of financial data. Questions concerning any of these areas may be directed to the Manager of Foundation Accounting, 812-465-1081, located in WA102 in the Wright Administration Building.

Human Resources supports the University in attracting and retaining a quality faculty and staff and maintaining a positive work environment.  Human Resources' areas of responsibility include employment, employee relations, benefits design and administration, compensation, position evaluation and design, diversity and equal opportunity compliance, payroll, policies and procedures, employee training and development, employee records, and related functions.

The Information Technology Department supports academic and administrative computing needs for the campus, and networking and telecommunications.  Administrative computing provides all server based resources necessary to manage the campus ERP and associated systems. Academic computing provides computer and instructional technologies for classrooms and lab environments throughout the campus and student housing. Networking and telecommunications provides a high speed, secure wired and wireless network across the campus, and is responsible for the local and long distance telephone services and voice mail campus-wide.

Internal Audit is responsible for examining and evaluating financial, managerial, and operating controls; determining compliance with internal and external policies, laws, and regulations; assisting management with special reviews as requested; and providing management with recommendations to improve University operations and internal controls. Internal Audit strives to help the University accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, internal control, and governance processes.

The primary purpose of the Procurement Services Department is to provide efficient services to all departments of the University in the purchasing of supplies, equipment, goods and services. Procurement is the conduit between the vendor and the University family for the flow of goods and services. The established expertise and apparatus to satisfy the needs of all constituencies is our added value. The Director of Procurement also oversees the offices of Risk Management and Travel Services.

Public Safety is responsible for security on University property. It provides faculty, staff, students, and visitors with information and direction regarding the safety of the University; provides emergency medical response to the injured; and works with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office in incidents where criminal laws have been broken. Security Escorts, parking services, and on-campus transportation systems are part of this unit too.