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Notre Dame Names New Vice President for Finance, Administration

Notre Dame College has named Janet G. Ashe its new vice president for finance and administration. She will assume her responsibilities on Jan. 3, 2013.

Ashe brings more than 23 years of senior financial and operational experience to College Road. She comes to Notre Dame from The Cleveland Museum of Art, where she has been treasurer and deputy director of administration for the past 11 years. In this position, Ashe served as the chief business, finance and operational officer for the world-class museum. Her areas of responsibility included investment and endowment management, financial administration, facilities, technology services, protection services, auxiliary services, and human resources.

During her tenure, Ashe dedicated herself to the best interests of the museum using all of the resources at her disposal to mount successes such as achieving a AAA rating by Standard and Poor’s for the museum’s first debt issue in 2005. She was a key member of the senior management staff and the museum’s point person for its building renovation and expansion program. Designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, the museum launched a seven-year, $350 million project that is within budget and construction parameters thanks in large part to Ashe’s direction and efforts.

Prior to joining The Cleveland Museum of Art, Ashe spent 13 years in higher education finance. From 1992 to 2001, she was vice president for business and administration at The Ohio State University. In this role, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of one of the largest single-campus universities in the nation, including physical plant, environmental health and safety, police and campus security, business operations and facilities planning.

At OSU, Ashe instituted a continuous quality improvement program, which included a five-day training course for all employees, a recognition program called PRIDE, and a division-wide measurement program. She also helped adopt a new master plan for the entire university with significant impact on the planning and building for the future of the campus. During her time in Columbus, the university also completed several large building projects totaling over $1 billion.

From 1988 to 1992, Ashe was treasurer and vice president for business and finance at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich. Her responsibilities included direct supervision of the university’s accounting, debt financing, capital budgeting, investments, endowment management, purchasing, campus safety, physical plant and construction administration functions.

Ashe earned her MBA from the University of Detroit and her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Michigan State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and a Malcolm Baldrige National Examiner.

“We are pleased that Janet will bring her comprehensive financial and operational expertise to Notre Dame College,” President Andrew P. Roth said. “The College will benefit greatly from her analytical skills and her experience managing the finances of Cleveland’s preeminent art institution, as well as her background in higher education finance.”

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.