Richard H. Cate, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
Richard Cate is the Chief Financial Officer of the University of Vermont and is responsible for ensuring the financial stability and integrity of the institution. As VP for Finance, he oversees the Division of Finance and advises the President, Provost, and Board of Trustees on all aspects of strategic financial matters. He also serves as University Treasurer, an appointment that is made by the Board of Trustees per the University bylaws. As Treasurer, he is responsible for the preservation of the University’s assets, the receipt and investment of funds, and the management of cash and securities. Richard became Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University in May 2008, followed by his permanent appointment as Vice President in February 2009. He became Vice President for Finance and Treasurer in 2013. Richard also serves as a lecturer for the University in the Master of Public Administration program, teaching classes on budgeting and finance, human resource management, and government administration.
Richard has extensive experience in Vermont education and civil service. He served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Education from 2003 to 2008, and prior to that as first the chief financial officer and then the 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. 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 (Public Finance Concentration) from Rockefeller College at the University of Albany.
Claire L. Burlingham, University Controller
Claire joined UVM as University Controller in May 2009 and oversees University Financial Services (UFS). 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 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 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 of 2015, Brian spent 7 years with the U.S. Peace Corps. In his most recent role he served as their Northeast Regional Manager, overseeing operations in nine states. Prior to that he served as the Supervisor of Operations for the Placement Office and the Director of the Office of Diversity Recruitment and National Outreach. Brian 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 began leading the newly formed Office of Operational Excellence (OOE) in February 2015. In addition to overseeing the work of the Office, she provides project management, change management, strategic planning, and organizational development services to the Division of Finance. Prior to becoming OOE Director, Emily served as a senior project manager in University Financial Services and a strategic planner in the Office of the Vice President for Finance & Administration, leading strategic and business process improvement projects including the implementation of the University's incentive-based budgeting (IBB) model, development of UVM's enterprise risk management program, and comprehensive reviews of UVM’s student scholarship administration and procurement processes. Her expertise includes strategy development and execution, performance management, and continuous improvement. Emily is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner and has earned the Associate in Risk Management-Enterprise Risk Management (ARM-E) designation. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Harvard University and a Masters of Science in Community Development & Applied Economics from UVM.