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Lenora C. Chapman - office: 210-458-4210 - email: lenora.chapman@utsa.edu

Lenora C. Chapman, C.P.A, serves as the Associate Vice President for Financial Affairs for The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Lenora has worked in various higher educational financial roles for the last 29 years; the most recent six coming directly at UTSA.  She has a strong background in accounting, budgeting, finance and management and has a proven record of increasing operational efficiencies to better serve students, faculty and staff.

Lenora provides leadership and management of the professional team responsible for  Accounting Services and Financial Reporting, Budget Planning and Development, Financial Services (Cash Management, Bursar/Fiscal Services, and Capital Asset Management), Management Reporting and Administrative Systems, Disbursements and Travel Services, Grants and Contracts Financial Services, and Payroll Management Services within Financial Affairs.  Lenora also oversees capital project accounting and debt service management.

At UTSA, Lenora works with the leadership on financial planning and budgeting, strategic initiatives, accounting and financial reporting and developing operational guidelines.  A major initiative to support the mission of the University is the implementation of the UT Share PeopleSoft project, where she serves on the Steering and Operational committees overseeing the implementation of business processes.

Lenora has a BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. She is a graduate of the WACUBO Business Management Institute and the Community Education Leadership Program. Lenora is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

-Published 9/03/2013

Experience

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2007 – Present
    • Associate Vice President, Financial Affairs, July 2013 – Present
    • Interim Associate Vice President, Financial Affairs, October 2012 – July 2013
    • Assistant Vice President, Financial Affairs and Controller, May 2007 – October 2012
  • Alamo Community College District, 2002 - 2007
    • District Treasurer
  • Trinity University, 1984 - 2001
    • Director of Endowments, 1991 - 2001
    • Senior Accountant, 1989 - 1991
    • Junior Accountant, 1986 - 1989
    • Walton Loan Coordinator, 1984 - 1986
Gary Lott - office: 210-458-4221 - email: gary.lott@utsa.edu

Gary Lott, C.P.A, currently serves as the Director of Financial Services and University Bursar at UTSA, a position he has held since a reorganization of Financial Affairs in September 2007. Mr. Lott has 30+ years of experience at UTSA, including directly managing disbursements, travel, fiscal services and capital asset management, cash management, non-Payroll tax management, and student accounts receivable/collections. 

Mr. Lott served on the PeopleSoft implementation team as Treasury Lead and was instrumental in the setup of Banner Student Information feed processes.  He also served on a UT System Treasury Services group that created a Request for Proposal (RFP) for banking services. He subsequently chaired a committee to select and implement a new banking partner for UTSA. This implementation included a new check scanning process that has reduced fees and provided faster funds availability from check deposits.

As the UTSA Business Manager, Mr. Lott implemented a campus-wide electronic inventory scanning process that resulted in greater accountability and decreased missing inventory. He also served on the executive committee that implemented UTSA's conversion to the current Student Information System (SCT Banner).  In his prior position as UTSA Bursar, Mr. Lott expanded the single Bursars Office (Fiscal Services) to the newly created Downtown Campus.


Education
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), The University of Texas at San Antonio
Experience
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1984 - Present
    • Director of Financial Services and University Bursar, Sep 2007 - Present
    • Business Manager, Sep 1997 - Aug 2007
    • Bursar, Sep 1994 - Aug 1997
    • Loan Coordinator, Feb 1984 – Aug 1994
Sheri Hardison - office: 210-458-6774 - email: sheri.hardison@utsa.edu

Sheri Hardison, C.P.A, joined our team on November 10th, 2014 as the new Assistant Vice President of Financial Affairs & University Controller.  Sheri comes to us from The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. as the former Associate Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer.

Sheri has worked with auditors on financial statements, OMB Circular A133 and benefit plan audits during her entire career.  In addition to her university experience at CUA, she was a key member of the audit team for a university for seven of the eight years she worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Sheri loves to read anything she can get her hands on and also enjoys baking. Her favorite sports/football team is the Washington Redskins. Having lived in D.C. for the past 33 years she decided it was time to move to San Antonio to be closer to her parents and sister who now reside in Austin.

Sheri’s extensive experience in public accounting, reporting oversight, professional judgment, focus on internal controls, high-level analysis, and regulatory compliance experience make her a valuable addition to the Financial Affairs team.  Please join us in welcoming Sheri!

Sheri holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce with an Accounting Concentration and History Minor. She has experience working with PeopleSoft.  Sheri brings over 18 years of accounting experience including 10 years’ experience working at CUA. 

Education
  • Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce with an Accounting Concentration and History Minor, University of Virginia
Experience
  • Assistant Vice President, Financial Affairs and Controller, November 2014 - Present, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Associate Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer, August 2012 - November 2014, The Catholic University of America
  • Controller and Assistant Treasurer, October 2004 - August 2012, The Catholic University of America
  • Senior Manager/Manager, Assurance and Business Advisopry Services (ABAS), July 2001 - October 2004, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
  • Senior Associate/Associate, ABAS, September 1996 - July 2001, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
John Clifford - office: 210-458-4060 - email: john.clifford@utsa.edu

Dr. John Clifford, Ph.D., joined our team on April 1, 2016, as the Director of Purchasing and Distribution Services. Dr. Clifford has over forty years of management experience in academia and for-profit, with expertise in administrative, operational and organizational management, combined with skills in information technology, program development, and process improvement. He served in the Yale University Procurement Department for 23 years where he was a key member for the Oracle Financial implementation. He also functioned as the owner of purchasing, accounts payables, and vendor data, and served on several projects and committees.

As an Adjunct Professor, Dr. Clifford taught numerous business management courses at four colleges at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His published dissertation is titled, “Organizational factors that affect environmentally preferred purchasing: A qualitative study of four universities,” and is looking to help green UTSA. He is also looking to write journal articles on logistics modeling, process modeling, organizational design, leadership, and human resources.

Dr. Clifford is a lifelong resident from Ansonia, CT. He played the guitar in a dance band for over 40 years, and on many occasions played benefits for local charities, fundraisers, and special clientele. Dr. Clifford has two adult children, John III (teaching assistant for special needs children) and Mark (Police Officer) living in CT. He is very excited to call Texas his home, serving in his new capacity and assisting UTSA on its journey to become tier one.

Education
  • PhD in Organization & Management, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Management, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
  • Bachelor of Science in Operations Management, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT
Experience
  • Director of Purchasing and Distribution Services, April 2016 – present, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Procurement Logistics Strategic Analyst, July 2013 – March 2016, Unilever
  • Manager of Procurement Systems, August 1998 – September 2010, Yale University
  • Supervisor of Purchasing Services, August 1987 – August 1998, Yale University
  • Adjunct Professor, Business Management
    • University of New Haven, West Haven CT, January 2005 – March 2016
    • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, January 2013 – March 2016
    • Albertus Magnus College, New Haven CT, May 2015 – March 2016
    • South Central Community College, New Haven, CT, September 1989 – May 1990
Javier Martinez - office: 210-458-7201 - email: javier.martinez3@utsa.edu

Javier Martinez, currently serves as the Senior Director of Financial Information Systems at The University of Texas at San Antonio, a position he has held since August 2015. He assists the management team with functional enhancements, modifications, and facilitates business process changes while ensuring application and supporting software accommodate The University of Texas at San Antonio's requirements and business needs.

Javier has worked at The University of Texas at San Antonio for the past nine years in the Director of Payroll Management Services department. Javier has twenty years of experience in various financial leadership roles and has eight years working with financial system implementations and conversions. Most recently, he served as the UT Share PeopleSoft Chair for the Payroll and Time and Labor committees.


Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration -Finance, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, Chapman University
Experience
  • Senior Director of Financial Information Systems, August 2015 – present, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Director of Payroll Management Services, May 2007 – July 2015, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Equity and Quantitative Investment Analyst, October 2004 –April 2007, private and Capstone Equity
  • Payroll Director, November 1998 – September 2004, Chapman University
  • Installation System Design Analyst, July 1995– October 1998, CRI (Intuit Corp)
  • Deputy Disbursing Officer, May 1989 – June 1995, United States Marine Corp

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