November 22, 2022 — Executive search firm Anthem Executive recently helped recruit James Mauldin as Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer of the Texas Tech University System (TTU System). He succeeds Gary Barnes, who announced his retirement earlier this year after a 45-year career, including serving the TTU system as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer for more than five years. Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, Mike “JR” Wheless and Florene Stawowy led the mission.
“James is an established leader who brings a dynamic skill set in finance, investment, treasury and debt management with a successful track record in higher education, international transportation and municipalities” , said Tedd L. Mitchell, Chancellor. “His diverse background, servant leadership mentality, and collaborative nature have led to unique expertise and will greatly benefit the Texas Tech University System. We are fortunate to have James join our system family and look forward to his many contributions to come.
A recognized leader in finance and strategic organization for more than 25 years, Mr. Mauldin joins system administration from Texas Tech University after serving as vice president of cash management at Texas International Airport. Dallas Fort Worth. In this role, he was responsible for defined benefit and defined contribution pension operations, the debt portfolio, grants, banking and investments. His team led eight bond issues totaling more than $5 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic and implemented a commercial paper program for the airport, which ranked as the second busiest airport in the world. world in 2021 with more than 62 million passengers.
Prior to that, Mr. Mauldin served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Treasury and later as Acting Chief Financial Officer during his four-year tenure at the University of North Texas System. His notable contributions include centralizing key functions of the university system, generating additional returns on investment, and implementing a strategic capital planning model. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Mauldin served two municipalities as Chief Financial Officer/CFO for the City of Cedar Hill – a Dallas County suburb – and as Treasurer and Deputy CFO for the City of Fort Worth, which is the county seat of Tarrant County.
In his new role at TTU System, Mr. Mauldin will coordinate its $2.65 billion operating budget and be responsible for the overall financial strength and stability of the system. He will also oversee several offices, departments and administrative functions, including investments, treasury, accounting and reporting, risk management, equal opportunity and information technology.
“It is a sincere honor to join Chancellor Mitchell’s leadership team at the Texas Tech University System,” Mauldin said. “I am delighted and appreciate the opportunity to join a talented working family with a values-based culture, as well as to collaborate with the highly respected leaders of Chief Financial Officers in system institutions and many of the administration professionals of the TTU system.”
Established in 1996 and based in Lubbock, the TTU system has become one of the top public university systems in the nation, operating at 24 university sites across the state and the world through its five universities. With the recent additions of a veterinary school in Amarillo and a dental school in El Paso, the TTU system is one of nine higher education systems in the United States to offer undergraduate programs , medicine, law, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dental education, among other academic fields.
Anthem Executive, headquartered in Houston, TX, serves clients in a variety of industries, including higher education, health sciences, corporate and nonprofit institutions, global software and technology , private equity, insurance, services and manufacturing, oil and gas, and others. Its consultants bring a combined 80 years of experience in the research industry. The firm’s higher education practice spans the entire spectrum of leadership. In other industries, Anthem Executive covers all roles from CEO and other C-suite executives, directors, vice president, and director, among others.
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Mr. Ballew, a Registered Native American and member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe, is the company’s Senior Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Compliance Officer and Search Committee Facilitator. . He joined the executive search industry 14 years ago after a 20+ year career in senior management with expertise in recruiting, consulting, training, operations, strategic planning, facilitation , project management and diversity in the workplace.
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Mr. Watson has worked in the executive search industry for over 30 years. In addition to higher education institutions, it has served hospital/healthcare systems, global software and technology companies, private equity firms, MCOs, insurance companies, service organizations and manufacturing with a global footprint, etc.
Mr. Wheless, a veteran of more than two decades in the research industry, has served a broad portfolio of clients across many industries on behalf of organizations ranging from small operations to Fortune $100 billion enterprises. and more – including working with and recruiting some of the most influential leaders in the country. Mr. Wheless has served institutions and organizations in a wide range of geographies and industries in higher education, technology, healthcare, energy, financial services, legal, insurance, hotel and restaurant, retail, CPG, EPC, manufacturing, aerospace, mining, construction and real estate.
Ms. Stawowy, who has been in executive search for over 20 years, is a vital member of higher education and academic health practice. Over the past two decades, she has developed deep expertise in graduate-level research, having been responsible for numerous leadership transitions with a particular focus on higher education and academic health research.
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor; Dale M. Zupsansky, editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media