Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer
Robert Abeles was appointed senior vice president, finance, and chief financial officer in August 2010, having served a 19-month term as interim senior vice president and chief financial officer since January 2009. Reporting directly to the president, he oversees a wide variety of financial functions at the university, including budget and planning, the treasury department, the university comptroller, financial and business services, and facilities management services and capital construction.
Abeles’ background in strategic planning, corporate finance and business development spans both the commercial and nonprofit sectors. He began a 24-year tenure at First Interstate Bank in 1972, rising to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer. Subsequent positions have included service as director, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Transamerica Life Companies, executive vice president and chief financial officer of KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc., and, most recently, interim executive vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer of the J. Paul Getty Trust.
He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for ExED, a development, business and management services company that specializes in charter school creation and enhancement, and as a member of the board of trustees for Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada, California.
Abeles holds a BA in economics as well as an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Vice President and Executive Director
Capital Construction and Facilities Management
Vice President, Finance
Associate Senior Vice President, University Comptroller
Robert V. Johnson
Associate Senior Vice President
Financial and Business Services
Last Updated: 02/06/13