Joseph F. Vivona Named Chief Operating Officer

for University System of Maryland

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ADELPHI, Md. (December 19, 2005) — William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM), has named Joseph F. Vivona as the system’s chief operating officer (COO). Vivona is currently USM’s vice chancellor for administration and finance.

“Joe brings an extraordinary work ethic and talent to his position,” said Chancellor Kirwan. “The addition of COO to his title better reflects the full breadth and scope of Joe’s current and future leadership responsibilities within the system.”

Vivona was appointed vice chancellor for administration and finance at USM in 1996. In that capacity, he supports the Finance Committee of the USM Board of Regents in meeting its responsibilities for strategic, financial, facilities, and management planning within the university system. He is also responsible for:

annual operating and capital budget planning;

strategic planning;

·            enrollment management;

fiscal control and oversight;

real property management;

institutional research;

human resources and collective bargaining;

·            information technology;


As COO, Vivona will develop a broader range of strategic initiatives for USM, while maintaining focus on the system’s current priorities: national eminence, access and academic success, economic and workforce development, and fiscal accountability. He also will provide:

·          analysis, advice and guidance on key public policy issues;

·          leadership in developing and monitoring effectiveness and efficiency initiatives;

·          support and development of entrepreneurial activities;

·          development of public-private and governmental partnerships in support of research

parks and student housing;

·          management of infrastructure and the facilities renewal program;

·          continuing support for the regents’ committee on finance.

According to Chancellor Kirwan, Vivona’s new title as vice chancellor of administration and finance and chief operating officer of USM “reflects the extraordinary value and high level of trust that the regents and I, as well as his colleagues, place in Joe. I look forward to working with him as a partner on behalf of USM in the coming years.”

Vivona holds a bachelor’s degree in government and politics from St. John’s University and a master’s degree in public administration from New York University. He and his wife Barbara have two sons; Chris, a dentist, and Jon, a recent graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.

Contact: Liz O'Neill

Phone: 301/445-2719