Richard H. Cate

The Vice President for Finance and Administration is the Chief Financial Officer of the University of Vermont and is responsible for ensuring the financial stability and integrity of the institution. The Vice President for Finance and Administration advises the president, provost, and board of trustees on all aspects of strategic financial matters and oversees the Division of Finance and Administration, which supports the university's goals for academic excellence by ensuring the fiscal integrity of the university through stewardship of resources and providing reliable financial information, responsive services, and objective advice to the University of Vermont community.

The Vice President also serves as University Treasurer, an appointment that is made by the board of trustees per University of Vermont bylaws. As Treasurer, Vice President Cate is responsible for the preservation of the university’s assets, the receipt and investment of funds, and the management of cash and securities.


Richard Cate 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. 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.

Mr. Cate 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 Chief Financial Officer and then 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. 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, he served on the Barre City Council for three years.

A native Vermonter, Mr. Cate graduated from Montpelier High School before attending the University of Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He later earned a Master of Public Administration, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Planning and Policy Analysis (Public Finance concentration) from Rockefeller College at the University of Albany, and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Vermont.


Reporting Units

Contact Information

85 South Prospect Street
350B Waterman Building
Phone: 802-656-0219

Website: Division of Finance


Executive Assistant

Cindy Lee
Phone: 802-656-0219