BFA Leadership Team

The Leaders of Business and Financial Affairs

Vice President for Business & Financial Affairs

photo of Rich VanDenHulRichard Van Den Hul
MBA, 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:

  • Associated Vice President divisions: Business Services, Financial Services, Business & Financial Systems
  • Budget Office
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • Facilities Development and Capital Budget
  • Facilities Management
  • Human Resources
  • Public Safety

Associate Vice President for BFA

Photo of Brian SullivanBrian Sullivan
BS, Associate Vice President for BFA

The Associate Vice President is the principal accounting executive, chief controls officer and designated tax official, and provides oversight and management for bond issuance and compliance. The AVP oversees various functions of the University, including:

  • Business Services: Print, Copy & Mail Services, Purchasing/Contracts, Transport, Inventory & Surplus, and Travel & Card Services
  • Financial Services: Accounting Services, Student Business Office (Cashiers, Loans and Collections, Parking, Student Accounts), and Treasury Services
  • Business & Financial Systems: Project Management, Business Systems Analysis & Support, and management of BFA Business Process Improvement Initiatives (BPII)
  • Risk, Compliance and Policy Services: Risk Management, University (WAC) Rules, Public Records & University Policies, and Compliance and BFA Division Policies

Vice President's Office

Photo of Nancy PhillipsNancy Phillips
Assistant to the VP for 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.



Budget Office

Photo of Linda TeaterLinda Teater
MBA, Director

Responsible for planning, development, implementation, and administration of Western's operating budget. Central elements include the preparation and submission of the institution's biennial operating budget request, annual allocation plans, and establishing a process to ensure financial resource decisions are in concert with the institution's defined strategic planning objectives.

Environmental Health and Safety

Photo of Sue SullivanSue Sullivan
MBA, Director

Assists academic and administrative departments in providing a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Responsibilities include workers' compensation program; 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

Photo of Rick BennerRick Benner

FAIA, Director/University Architect

In collaboration with Facilities Management, provide 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

Photo of John FurmanJohn Furman
PE, CFM, Director

Facilities Management provides stewardship for Western’s campus community with 
Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Excellence. FM supports the University's academic mission through the planning, development, maintenance and operation of Western's facilities and grounds through leadership, teamwork, and commitment to quality customer service for the Western community.

Human Resources

Photo of Chyerl Wolfe-LeeChyerl Wolfe-Lee
BA, PHR, CLRP, 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 and labor relations; classified staff labor negotiations; supervisor counseling/training; payroll processing; benefits processing and counseling; organizational and professional development; employment administration; classification/compensation management; employment inclusion; and disability management.

Public Safety

Photo of Darin RasmussenDarin Rasmussen
BS, Director / WWU Chief of Police

Public Safety provides a safe and secure environment, and protection of property within Western's community.

Page Updated 05.17.2018