Interim Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Erik Brink was named interim senior vice president, finance, in January 2023, and has served as vice president, university comptroller, since his appointment in June 2019. Brink has served as the university comptroller since 2004. Prior to joining USC, he was at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 11 years, the last five as a senior manager, focusing on auditing and consulting with clients in the nonprofit, health care and higher education sectors.
In his role as vice president, university comptroller, Brink oversees payroll services, university taxation, financial systems and external financial reporting. Brink is also responsible for the development and implementation of university financial and accounting policies, procedures and controls and for ensuring university compliance with local, state and federal financial reporting requirements.
Brink has been actively engaged in the management and development of many significant projects at the university, including the creation of the stand-alone USC Health System. He played a key role in financial management in the university’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, Brink led the effort to create the university’s three captive insurance companies and is currently the treasurer of the captive companies and a board member. Brink also led the nearly three-year transformational effort to implement a new financial system across the university. Since his arrival in 2004, Brink has played an important role in the university’s issuance of debt in both the tax-exempt and taxable markets. He has also regularly supported both the Finance and Campus Planning Committee and the Audit, Compliance, Risk, and Privacy Committee of the Board of Trustees.
Brink received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting and is a certified public accountant.