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Alumna Runs the Numbers

UTA CFO honored for excellence

Kelly Davis

The Dallas Business Journal named Kelly Davis ('84 BBA, Accounting), chief financial officer at UTA, the 2017 CFO of the Year in the large companies/not-for-profit category.

Paying the bills is a thankless job, but the UTA community recognizes the special talent it takes to run a tight financial ship. That's because Davis does it so well.

"Despite a reduction in state funding for the next biennium, UTA is continuing its trajectory without slowing down or increasing its debt service ratio, due to Davis' expertise and foresight," says President Vistasp Karbhari. "She has developed with great dexterity the structures and processes to enable record-setting growth in four distinct areas simultaneously—a growth in on-campus population, one of the largest online student bodies at any public research university in the nation, rapidly expanding research expenditures, and significant new construction."

Davis has worked at the University for more than 20 years, starting as
assistant director of accounting services and advancing to her current position as CFO and vice president. In addition to these roles, she also oversees University Analytics, the Office of Information Technology, and the Information Security Office.

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