A results-driven team builder and creative leader with extensive experience working in private and public higher education, Barry Harte has been appointed as Marymount University’s next Vice President for Finance and Operations & Treasurer.
Starting this December, Harte will serve as an entrepreneurial financial steward and collaborative leader who guides a broad portfolio of units crucial to the operations of the mission-driven University. He replaces Al Diaz, who is retiring after holding the position since June 2014.
“As Marymount continues to make remarkable progress with our Strategic Plan goals despite the ongoing pandemic, we look forward to Barry coming on board and using his expertise to lead us to future financial success and a sustainable future,” said Dr. Irma Becerra, President of Marymount University. “His strong track record in financial administration and remarkable achievements at numerous institutions of higher education make him a perfect fit for our senior administrative team.”
In this position, Harte will oversee the operations of financial affairs, human resources, facilities, information technology, public safety, transportation and auxiliary services. While doing so, he will lead University efforts to ensure financial stability, create new revenue streams, build partnerships, improve processes and procedures, champion issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and support Marymount as the higher education landscape evolves due to COVID-19.
“I was first drawn to Marymount by the University’s commitment to a values-based education, framed by diverse and extraordinarily talented faculty and students,” Harte explained. “I was also completely pulled in by the energy and vision of Dr. Becerra. Her passion for the promise of Marymount and focus on the student experience and performance outcomes is amazing, and helps prepare students for careers and lives of purpose. Collaborating with her outstanding leadership team to drive innovative partnerships that facilitate scholarship opportunities and raise Marymount’s profile is a career dream come true.”
Marymount is currently in the process of migrating to Workday, an enterprise resource planning system (ERP) which will become the means for managing data, processes and people across campus. Harte will help guide the remaining implementation of the student-facing and financial-facing systems, which will join the already-migrated Human Resources, Benefits and Payroll modules as the University embraces modern technology in its operations.
“It is unique to have a University president with a professional background in knowledge management who is fully capable and eager to engage in meaningful conversations on how a cloud-based system architecture can help grow administrative agility,” Harte added. “I am beyond happy to be joining Marymount at this exciting time in the University’s journey, and am looking forward to being fully engaged and connected with the entire Saints community.”
Most recently, Harte served as Assistant Vice President for Budget and Financial Planning at Saint Joseph’s University since 2016. While there, he led financial resource planning, reporting and analysis for near and long-term operating and capital plans. He also guided efforts to implement a cloud-based budgeting, planning and costing system for the institution.
Prior to that position, Harte held senior and line management financial roles at Northwestern University, Emory University, the University of West Florida and Cornell University.
Harte holds a J.D. from Golden Gate University, a M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior and a M.H.A. in Operations Management from Georgia State University and a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Florida. Outside of work, he is passionate about supporting the work of community-based no-kill animal rescue shelters, and is the doting parent of a rescued cockapoo.