Posted: June 3, 1996

Contact: Doug Anderson,, 651-201-1426

Three finalists for the position of vice chancellor for budget for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) will be interviewed in the next several days.

The vice chancellor for budget will oversee budget and fiscal policy matters for MnSCU, a system of community colleges, state universities and technical colleges serving more than 166,000 students at 62 campuses around the state.

The finalists -- announced today by Chancellor Judith Eaton -- will be interviewed by members of the MnSCU Board of Trustees, the chancellor, the MnSCU Joint Council of Presidents and other representatives of the colleges and universities and the system office.

Chancellor Eaton will recommend one of the candidates to the Board of Trustees on June 19, and the board is expected to select a vice chancellor for budget at that meeting.

The vice chancellor's duties include preparing the system's operating and capital improvement budget requests, allocating funds to the colleges and universities, developing tuition and fee proposals, supervising systemwide facility planning and overseeing system office accounting, payroll and audit functions. The position reports to the executive vice chancellor/chief operating officer.

Here are the finalists and the dates of their interviews:

Leif S. Hartmark (June 5), vice president for finance and administration at the State University of New York (SUNY) College at Oneonta since 1988. His responsibilities include business offices, the budget office, institutional research, human resources, telecommunications and computing, facilities planning and maintenance and central services. He also serves as treasurer of the College Foundation. Hartmark served at the State University of New York at Albany from 1978 to 1988, working for eight years as assistant to the president for planning and information services and for a year and half as acting director of the University Computing Center. He worked in Minnesota from 1976 to 1978, first as program evaluation coordinator with the Legislative Audit Commission and then as program evaluation supervisor for the city of Minneapolis. Previously, he was coordinator of the Educational Outcomes Project for the SUNY College at Plattsburgh and project coordinator for higher education studies at SUNY-Albany. He began his career as a fiscal analyst for higher education with the Wisconsin Legislature. He received a B.A. from Augsburg College in Minneapolis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Albany.

W. John Pembroke (June 10), treasurer and vice chancellor for administrative affairs for the Illinois Board of Regents from 1985 to February 1996. In that position he was chief financial officer for the Board of Regents System, composed of Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University and Sangamon State University. (The Board of Regents was dissolved earlier this year by the Illinois Legislature. Since then, Pembroke has worked as a consultant with the former Regency System institutions and five other universities in the state). From 1976 to 1985, Pembroke was vice president for administrative affairs at Northern Illinois University. He served as budget director and director of institutional research at Bernard and Baruch College, City Universities of New York from 1971 to 1976. Previously he was an instructor of political science and senior research associate with the Center for Government Studies at Northern Illinois University, director of research at Kennedy King College in Chicago and a researcher at Loyola University and the Institute of Urban Life, both in Chicago. He holds a bachelor's degree from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and a master's in public administration from Northern Illinois University. He has done additional graduate work at Northern Illinois and attended the Harvard Institute for Higher Education.

Edward L. Whalen (June 12), vice chancellor for administration and finance with the University of Houston System from 1990 to January 1996. In that capacity he provided supervision and management in such areas as budgeting, business operations, facilities planning and construction, accounting and information systems for the four-university system. From 1961 to 1990, he held academic and administrative positions at Indiana University, including assistant vice president and university director of budgeting (1988 to 1990), university director of budgeting (1972 to 1988), associate dean for academic affairs and budget planning (1970 to 1972), associate professor in the Department of Economics (1967 to 1970), and lecturer and assistant professor in economics (1961 to 1967). He was on leave from Indiana University during 1968-69 to work as an economist in the Bureau of the Budget's Program Evaluation Office in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in economics from Princeton University and a bachelor's degree in economics from Indiana University.

The three candidates emerged from a national search and were recommended to the chancellor by a screening committee chaired by Katherine Sloan, president of North Hennepin Community College.