Strategic Budgeting Initiative - Open Forum/Panel Discussion

Wednesday, January 15th at 3:30 p.m. in the AU Hotel and Conference Center, Ballroom B

The Provost’s Office continues to engage members of the campus community in a focused dialogue regarding Auburn’s budget process. Faculty and staff are invited to attend an open forum/panel discussion on Wednesday, January 15 at 3:30 in the AUHCC Ballroom B on the strategic budgeting initiative.

The panel will feature budget experts from four universities who will respond to questions ranging from resource allocation processes and budget model revenue growth to alignment of resources with strategic priorities and fiscal challenges facing higher education.

The featured panelists include:

David Biedenbach
Assistant Vice President
Iowa State University

Biedenbach is the Assistant Vice President for University Financial Planning and Budgeting and worked with Iowa State University through the transition of their budget model under the direction of their Provost. As of this past June, Biedenbach now reports directly to the President to further align budget planning with the University’s strategic plan.


Matt Fajack
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
University of Florida

Fajack is the Vice President and CFO at the University of Florida. Prior to joining the University in 2008, Fajack served as the Executive Director for Financial Affairs at Kent State University and CFO of The Beta Capital Group in Dallas Texas. Fajack earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1984.


Dennis Irwin
Dean and Moss Professor of Engineering Education
Ohio University

Irwin has served as the Dean of the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology at Ohio University since 2002. Under his tenure as Dean, the college received the largest gift ever given to a college in Ohio or to a public engineering college in the country. Prior to his appointment, Irwin was chair of the College’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from 1997 to 2002. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 1986.


Lisa Wilson
Associate Provost for Finance and Operations
University of Kentucky

Wilson is the Associate Provost for Finance and Operations at the University of Kentucky. In her role as Associate Provost, Wilson provides leadership, oversight and direction to budget development and implementation; business and administrative process and policy development; and the allocation of resources (including space) for all units reporting to the Provost. Wilson is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has more than 22 years of experience in higher education administration.


The forum is the next step in a broad, campus-wide discussion regarding the strategic budgeting initiative. Several presentations and open forums were held in fall 2013 to discuss key financial challenges the University faces, including increased risk from tuition dependency and stiffer competition for faculty and students.

Last Updated: January 9, 2014