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Simpson College names new VP for business and finance, CFO


Simpson College President Marsha Kelliher announced that Philip Peña will join her cabinet as vice president for business and finance and the college’s chief financial officer. With more than 25 years of financial, technological, administrative and management experience, Peña has worked in higher education as a CFO, chief information officer, treasurer and vice president of administration. He most recently was vice president of finance and administration for East Central College in Union, Mo. He replaces Cathy Hoch, who announced in September she would be leaving the college. “We are thrilled to bring someone of Phil’s caliber and experience-level to campus,” Kelliher said in a press release. Before entering higher education, Peña had a successful career as a business and technology consultant serving corporate clients in addition to numerous small and medium-sized businesses. He has also taught business management and management information systems at Purdue University and Sawyer College. Peña holds undergraduate degrees in marketing and computer science from Indiana State University, an MBA from Purdue University and a doctorate in management from University of Maryland University College. He begins in the position Nov. 2 and will be involved in the final stages of the hiring process for the college controller, which is underway. 

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