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Lenora C. Chapman - office: 210-458-4210 - email:

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


  • 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, 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.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 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
Mary Simon - office: 210-458-4344 - email:

Mary Simon, C.P.A, currently serves as Senior Director of Budget Planning & Development at The University of Texas at San Antonio, a position she has held since March 2008. Mrs. Simon has over 7 years of management experience at UTSA that includes areas of budget, management reporting and internal audit.

Mrs. Simon was instrumental in establishing an effective business intelligence reporting data system to support financial and management reporting. Prior to joining UTSA, Mrs. Simon's financial career began in the corporate sector at United Services Automobile Association (USAA). She spent 12 years in the financial services industry serving leadership roles in strategic and operational planning, budget development and administration, corporate reporting and financial management.

Mrs. Simon earned her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from St. Mary's University in San Antonio and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from The University of Texas in San Antonio. Mrs. Simon is also a Certified Public Accountant.

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (Accounting), The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas
  • Master of Business Administration (Finance), St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas
  • College Business Management Institute (CBMI)
  • Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI)


  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2002 - Present
    • Senior Director, Budget Planning & Development, April 2008 To Present
    • Senior Director, Management Reporting & Admin. Systems, 2007 - 2008
    • Director, Management Reporting & Analyses, 2005 to 2007
    • Manager, Audit and Consulting Services, 2002- 2005
  • United Services Automobile Association (USAA), 1990 - 2001
    • Program/Process Leader (Financial Director), Corporate Finance Plans & Programs, 1998- 2001
    • Senior Accounting Business Analyst, Investment Regulatory & Management Accounting, 1996 - 1998
    • Senior Accounting Analyst, Corporate Reporting, 1994 - 1996
    • Financial Analyst, Financial Analyses & Planning, 1992 - 1994
    • Accountant I and II, Life Insurance Financial Reporting, 1990 - 1992
Sheri Hardison - office: 210-458-6774 - email:

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. 

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce with an Accounting Concentration and History Minor, University of Virginia
  • 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.

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