BFA Leadership Team

Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs

Richard Van Den Hul, Vice President for BFA

Richard Van Den Hul, Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, is the chief financial and business officer of the University and is primarily responsible for the leadership of:

  • Business & Financial Services (AVP units)
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Facilities Development and Capital Budget
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Resources
  • Public Safety

Assistant Vice President for BFA

Brian Sullivan, Assistant VP for BFA

The Assistant Vice President also provides leadership and management oversight for various functions of the University, including:

  • Business Services (Purchasing, Contract Administration, PCard, Travel Services, Support Services)
  • Copier Support & Copier Services
  • Financial Services (Accounting Services, Accounts Payable, Student Business Office, Treasury Services)
  • Business & Financial Systems
  • Internal Control
  • Risk Management

Vice President's Office

Nancy Phillips, Assistant to the VP of BFA

The Assistant to the Vice President serves as the confidential executive assistant to the Vice President and manages the day to day operations of the Vice President’s Office.

Environmental Health and Safety

Sue Sullivan, BA, Director

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) assists Western's departments in providing a healthy and safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.  EHS facilitates compliance with federal, state, and municipal regulations regarding health, safety and the environment. 

Responsibilities include: workers compensation; chemical, biological and radiological materials management; hazardous building materials management; indoor air quality; occupational safety; fire safety; environmental management; ergonomics; industrial hygiene; emergency planning; chemical spill response; and safety training.

Facilities Development and Capital Budget

Rick Benner, AIA, Director/University Architect

In collaboration with Facilities Management, the Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget provides leadership in planning, developing and budgeting for high value, quality, cost-effective facilities and grounds. We support the mission and strategic vision of Western, embrace our partnership with our community, and reinforce our stewardship of the environment.

Responsibilities include: master planning; capital planning; capital budget development and management; capital program oversight; facilities design; public works project/construction management; and campus aesthetics.

Facilities Management

John Furman, PE, CFM, Director

Facilities Management provides stewardship for Western’s campus community with
Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence.

Responsibilities include: management of utilities, maintenance, in-house construction/renovations, energy conservation and real property; managing a large diverse work force with significant union involvement; and custodial services to all university state-funded facilities. In addition, responsible for providing similar self-sustaining services for university auxiliary building maintenance as requested.

Human Resources

Chyerl Wolfe-Lee, BA, PHR, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources

The primary function of Human Resources is to provide human resource services for Western employees. The staff is committed to providing courteous, efficient service supportive of employees and Western's mission and goals, in compliance with Federal, State and University regulations.

These functions include: employee relations services; labor relations services; supervisory counseling/training; labor negotiations; payroll processing; benefits processing & counseling; training and organizational development; EASE: Electronic Application System for Employment; human resources information system support; classification/compensation management; and disability management.

Public Safety

Darin Rasmussen, BS, Director / WWU Police Chief

Public Safety provides a safe and secure environment within the Western community and protection of its property. It is composed of four departments: University Police; Parking Services; Sustainable Transportation; and University Lockshop.

Page Updated 04.17.2014