J. Michael Gower is the Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration & University Treasurer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and was formerly Senior Vice President for Finance. Gower is the Chief Financial and Budget Officer for the University and is responsible for financial management and planning, procurement, and strategic administrative system initiatives; he was responsible for the financial integration of former units of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) into Rutgers.
He oversees Human Resources and Information Technology through the respective Senior Vice Presidents and provides coordination with the Senior Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance. Gower is the primary executive liaison with the Finance & Facilities Committee and the Committee on Audit of the Board of Governors and with the Joint Committee on Investments of the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees.
Prior to Rutgers, Gower was Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Yeshiva University, Vice President for Finance and Administration and University Treasurer at the University of Vermont, and a higher education management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He spent ten years at Duke University Medical Center where he held various positions including Assistant VP for Finance, Associate Chief Financial Officer (CFO of the School of Medicine), and Director of Financial Planning and Systems; at Duke he was responsible for implementing the SAP suite of administrative systems across the University and its Health System. He held earlier accounting and financial management roles at Cornell University and Duke University.
Gower is Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO). He is the former chair of the Research Universities Council, the constituent group for business leaders at research universities, for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO); he was a member of NACUBO’s Board of Directors and chaired its Committee on the Effective Use of Analytics. He received NACUBO’s 2008 Professional Development award for his contributions to professional development for higher education management. He is currently a member of TIAA’s Advisory Council.