University of Vermont

Division of Finance

Division of Finance Senior Leaders

Division of Finance Senior Leaders

Richard H. Cate, Vice President for Finance and University Treasurer

Richard Cate Richard Cate's role as Vice President for Finance and Treasurer began in July 2013. He joined the University in 2008 as Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Treasurer, followed by his permanent appointment as Vice President in 2009. Richard also serves as a lecturer for the University in the Master of Public Administration program. Prior to coming to UVM, he had served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Education since 2003, preceded by his service as executive deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the New York State Education Department where he managed a budget of more than $19 billion and a staff of over 3,100 employees. Prior to that, he served as that department's chief financial officer. Richard has extensive experience in Vermont education and civil service. Among his positions in the state, he served for seven years as executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association (non-profit) and for five years as city manager of the City of Barre, where his responsibilities included leading the departments of city government and managing the municipal budget. Before being appointed as City Manager, Richard served on the Barre City Council for three years.

A native Vermonter, Richard graduated from Montpelier High School before attending the University of Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He later earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a C.A.S. in Planning and Policy Analysis from Rockefeller College at the University of Albany.

Claire Burlingham, University Controller

Claire Burlingham Claire L. Burlingham joined UVM as University Controller in May 2009. Prior to assuming this position, she served as Dean of Administration at State University of New York (SUNY) Ulster County campus. Claire began her career in the SUNY system 22 years ago as Director of Accounting and worked her way up through the ranks, serving as Associate Dean of Administration at SUNY Duchess and Controller and Dean of Administration at SUNY Ulster. Prior to entering the field of academia Claire spent seven years as a senior staff accountant in the public accounting field.

She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Siena College and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in financial management from Marist College. In addition to her work as a professional in the financial management field, Claire has also served as an adjunct professor at SUNY Ulster, SUNY Duchess, and Marist College, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in financial accounting, tax, auditing, and financial management.

Alberto Citarella, University Budget Director

Alberto Citarella Alberto Citarella joined UVM in July 2012 as the University Budget Director responsible for the Financial Analysis and Budgeting (FAB) Office. Major responsibilities for FAB include administering the University’s annual budgeting process and providing timely, accurate financial analysis and advice to decision-makers at UVM.

Most recently, prior to coming to UVM, Alberto was the Budget Director at Champlain College, where he was responsible for the annual budgeting process as well as the school’s long-term financial analysis. Prior to that Alberto was in charge of finance at Jumpstart for Young Children, a national non-profit based out of Boston that worked with universities and colleges throughout the United States. Alberto holds a Bachelors of Arts from Williams College and a Masters of Business Administration from MIT.

Brian Melman, Administrative Business Service Center Director

Brian MelmanBrian Melman is the Director of the Administrative Business Service Center (ABSC). In this role, he leads the team in its mission of providing an enhanced level of service and expertise in administrative core services such as finance and human resource processes.

Prior to joining the ABSC in March 2015, Brian spent 7.5 years with the U.S. Peace Corps. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from SUNY at Albany and received a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Vermont.

Emily Stebbins-Wheelock, Office of Operational Excellence Director

Emily Stebbins-Wheelock In addition to overseeing the work of the Office of Operational Excellence, Emily provides project management, change management, strategic planning, and organizational development services to the Division of Finance.

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