Matt Bierman selected as new EIU Vice President for Business Affairs

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Charleston, IL-(Radio Effingham)-Eastern Illinois University announces the addition of Matthew Bierman to its leadership team.

Bierman will join EIU as the new vice president of business affairs at the University of Charleston, Illinois, effective July 5, 2022.

Bierman is a seasoned higher education leader with diverse experience in a wide range of university operations, including experience in budgeting, facilities, planning, auxiliaries, purchasing, human resources, risk, information technology, debt financing and an adjunct faculty member.

Throughout the interview process, Bierman has proven himself to be a professional higher education executive who creates opportunities to move institutions forward through teamwork, understanding the unique needs of the university, and of today’s higher education and collaborative leadership skills.

“As the highest-ranked and most affordable public university in the state of Illinois, EIU continues to position itself for success by focusing on students, providing quality educational opportunities, and meeting the emerging needs of our society,” said Bierman. .

Dr. David Glassman, President of EIU, is delighted to add Bierman to the EIU leadership team.

“Matt’s addition to the EIU team will greatly benefit the university,” Glassman said. “Throughout the interview process, Matt has clearly demonstrated his ability to lead through passionate collaboration across a myriad of departments and functions. We are thrilled to have him join the team and look forward to seeing how his leadership will positively impact the business and corporate relations functions of the university.

Throughout his career in higher education, Bierman has created long-term financial modeling tools, developed effective operations and championed the value of external partnerships, and managed necessary cash flow and financial operations through unprecedented reductions in state support.

He also helped align university business initiatives with long-term organizational strategic plans.

He has testified before the Illinois State Legislature on university budget and legislative issues and has also taught as an adjunct instructor on higher education budget and finance issues.

Bierman will come to EIU from Illinois Wesleyan University, where as of 2018 he served as chief financial officer, member of the president’s cabinet and board liaison for various board committees.

Bierman was responsible for the annual budget process, a primary contact for banking institutions, investment and financial advisors, and rating agencies, and led a variety of campus projects, including multiple capital planning projects across multiple millions of dollars.

He provided guidance on expense management and new revenue opportunities.

He has also led programs focused on procurement and inventory, training and accountability, and support for the operational review of Health, wellness, printing and mail services, campus security, bookstore, rental management, transportation, and information technology services.

Prior to his time at IWU, Bierman served as Vice President of Administrative Services (2016-18), Acting Director of Business Services (2014-18), Director of University Budget (2011-17), and Director of Residential Facilities ( 2006-12). ) at Western Illinois University, among other roles at the Macomb Institution from 1999 to 2006.

Bierman also served as deputy principal of a residence hall at Ball State University from 1997 to 1999.

He earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Supply Chain Management in 2003 from WIU, a Master of Arts in Student Business Administration in Higher Education in 1999 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Management with a minor in Computer Science in 1997, also from WIU.

Bierman currently lives in Bloomington, Illinois with his wife Stacy and 3 sons.

In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, farming, playing sports and spending time with his family.

For more information about EIU, or to learn more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at www.eiu.eduor call the EIU Public Information Office at (217) 581-7400.

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