Office of the Chief Financial Officer

The Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer is responsible for developing and overseeing the budget process, financial planning, analysis and reporting, finance, treasury and accounting operations and procurement for the University of Florida.

Welcoming our new SVP & CFO

Chris Cowen is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Florida since August 2020. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Cowen had a 30 year career in investment banking, most recently serving as Managing Director and head of the higher education finance groups at Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. He has served many of the nation’s public and private comprehensive research universities, and regularly speaks and writes about issues pertaining to higher education finance. Mr. Cowen serves on the boards of UF Health Shands, University Athletic Association, UF Foundation, UF Research Foundation and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. He received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Our Mission

To provide leadership in financial planning, decision-making and process improvement

Our Vision

To establish a standard of partnership, innovation, value-added resource maximization, and financial expertise such that:

We are consulted early and work in an integrated, high-trust way with colleges and departments to continuously improve processes and make great financial decisions.

We are providing easy-to-use innovative tools and resources for campus’ financial transactions and decision-making.

A campus-wide resource

Our office is focused on developing initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative processes and to support and promote the strategic goals and initiatives of the university.

To help departments and units achieve these goals we strive to:

Provide comprehensive, effective “business partnering” in all financial responsibilities

Provide assistance and leadership for all financial professionals at UF and establish a collaboration with those professionals to further their continued professional development

Be a thought leader in representing UF in the higher education industry and at the State and local levels

We welcome your input and are here to help you reach your goals. Contact any of our staff members, found in the staff section of our website, or fill out our CFO Feedback Form if you need any support or have suggestions for improvement.

New & Noteworthy

Creating a culture of continuous improvement

Here in the Office of the CFO, we’re always looking for ways to improve our business processes in service to the UF community.

UF’s Collaboration for Continuous Improvement (CCI): Transforming the way we work, together

UF’s former “Lean Team” has adopted a new moniker, the Collaboration for Continuous Improvement (CCI), to better reflect the spirit of the work they are doing in collaboration with units across campus.

Begin preparing for the transition to myUF Marketplace today

On Oct. 28, 2019, UF will introduce a new single procure-to-pay system designed to streamline processes for our faculty and staff.

Update to Carryforward Expenditure Policy following new BOG guidelines

Recently passed legislation is prompting changes to Board of Governors regulations with respect to university operating budgets. Based on the proposed regulation changes, the university is implementing new restrictions for E&G state appropriations.

Procurement receives annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from NPI

For the sixth consecutive year, UF Procurement has received the annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

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