In a room filled with well-wishers made up of faculty, staff and administration, Webster University President Elizabeth Stroble said a bittersweet goodbye to Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Greg Gunderson as he moves on to a new position as President of Park University in Parkville, MO. The farewell gathering held in the EAB Building was filled with friends, family and colleagues who have worked with Gunderson over the years.
“I just can’t say it enough. Thank you for the integrity, the character, the optimism and the humor that you brought to the role of CFO,” Stroble said. “Park University has no idea what they’re in for, and they’re the lucky recipients.”
Gunderson made his way to Webster University in 2011 as vice president and chief financial officer serving Provost and Senior Vice President Julian Schuster by leading all functional areas of finance and general accounting, resource planning and budget, along with several other responsibilities.
“If there’s any way to describe Greg, he is a people’s CFO,” Schuster said. “Greg is not our traditional CFO. He realized that the people are more important than numbers, and that people are more important than issues.”
“I can’t walk across this campus without thinking about everything the finance administration has been able to do and not feel pride, and I know I’ll feel that way a decade from now,” Gunderson said.
Director of Procurement Services Maria Hein has worked closely with Gunderson during her years at Webster. She was a part of Gunderson’s team since he arrived in 2011. Hein said his humor and generosity have left a lasting impression on her.
“Greg was always available, and always there to share his wisdom and insights when you had an issue. He was very generous with his time and knowledge,” Hein said.
A nationwide search is underway to fill the opening Gunderson is leaving behind. For the time being, an interim CFO will be put in place. No announcements have been made on who will serve as interim CFO.
Gunderson brings more than 25 years of experience to Park University with him. The independent, private institution has 41 campus center locations in 21 states and online.