Maria Anguiano, An Architect of UC-Wide Fiscal Improvements, Named UCR Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget

She will be UC Riverside's chief budget officer

Maria Anguiano

Maria Anguiano

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Following a national search, UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox today announced the selection of Maria R. Anguiano as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget.

Anguiano is currently Interim Deputy Chief of Staff – Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of California Office of the President.  Prior to that, she served for four years as Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives in the office of UC’s Chief Financial Officer, Peter Taylor.  In that work, she helped create and lead a variety of budget, accounting, financial planning, and capital planning efforts that are bringing long-term positive effects to the UC system.

In addition, in the past year, Anguiano has served as a senior advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Post-Secondary Success Team.  There she created a new costing framework to help improve financial reporting for universities nationwide.  She is also a member of the State of California’s Private Post-secondary Education Advisory Council.

Among Anguiano’s accomplishments at the UC system-wide level are:  design of a common systemwide chart of accounts, the re-engineering of the Office of the President’s budgeting and financial planning process, development of a strategic plan to close a $650 million revenue gap in state funds for budgetary year 2011-12 and various activities that improved the management of UC’s cash flow and increased working capital investment income by over $60 million.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Maria Anguiano as chief financial officer for the UC Riverside campus,” said Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox.  “She brings a deep knowledge of both public and private institutional finance and accounting, and has a proven track-record of taking on budget issues with both depth and finesse.  She will be an excellent addition to our leadership team.”

Anguiano said she sought the UCR position to become part of a campus that has grown dramatically in the past decade and that is poised for additional growth of research and facilities in coming years.  In addition, as a first-generation college graduate and civic leader in the Latina community, Anguiano said she found an inspiring setting at UCR.

“My experiences truly inspire and cement my commitment to educating and empowering diverse student populations at institutions like UC Riverside,” said Anguiano.  “I firmly believe that through a deep commitment to our land-grant mission and the concerted application of top-notch educational and operating models, we as administrators and leaders in higher education can guide students of all backgrounds to reach their full potential.

“In order for UC Riverside to meet the needs of a rapidly growing campus, we must find ways to fundamentally reengineer our operations,” said Anguiano. “This requires strategic leadership that intersects finance, operations, and academics.”

Anguiano’s work at UC began in 2009 after service at Barclays Capital [formerly Lehman Brothers] in public finance investment banking and at Deloitte & Touche in corporate and non-profit auditing and financial statement analysis.  Anguiano holds an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Anguiano served from 2006 to 2009 as associate vice president, public finance investment banking, for Barclays in San Francisco.  In that work she participated in municipal debt offerings that totaled more than $5 billion in value, and served as one of the lead bankers on issuance a $4.3 billion in Bay Area Toll Authority Revenue Bonds.

At Deloitte & Touche in San Diego from 2001 through 2004, she led audits of more than 15 public and private companies, and conducted non-profit audits of The Scripps Research Institute, the Burnham Institute, and the Torrey Pines Institute.

Anguiano’s appointment was recently approved by University of California President Janet Napolitano; her service to UCR is scheduled to begin February 1, 2014, with a 60-day transition period allowing her to complete projects as Interim Deputy Chief of Staff for the President.

The Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget has primary responsibility for supporting all aspects of the Riverside campus’ capital and financial plan and the planning and budget process.  Specific responsibilities include budget administration, campus operating funds, resource planning and management, financial policy, information systems support, statistical information management, institutional research, and capital, environmental, space, and strategic planning. The Vice Chancellor represents the campus with the Office of the President and all external agencies on financial matters.

Anguiano’s compensation will be $250,000 in annual salary, as well as a relocation allowance and a 5 percent monthly contribution to the Senior Management Supplemental Benefit Program, worth $12,500 annually.

Wilcox thanked search committee Chair David Funder, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, for the work of the committee.

The full Search Committee was comprised of:

David Funder, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Search Committee Chair
Ayana Best, Undergraduate Student
Jan Blacher, Distinguished Professor of Education
Javier Garay, Associate Professor, Bourns College of Engineering
Cindy Giorgio, Associate Chancellor
Jay Farrell, Professor, Bourns College of Engineering
Meredith Michaels, Vice Chancellor of Planning & Budget – UC Irvine
Gabe Nwandu, Director of Payroll
Yat Sun Poon, Professor of Mathematics
Emma Simmons, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Medicine
Nicole Sparks, Graduate Student
Akula Venkatram, Professor, Bourns College of Engineering
Yunzeng Wang, Interim Dean of the School of Business Administration
Jan Wildman, Associate Vice Chancellor& CFAO, University Advancement

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