CSU, Chico News

Vice President for Business and Finance Named

Date: 02-26-2008

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Lorraine Hoffman has accepted the position of vice president for business and finance at California State University, Chico. She is the former deputy senior vice president for business and finance for the University of California Office of the President, and most recently the chief finance and administrative officer for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

“I’m excited about the opportunity to work with students and faculty again,” said Hoffman, “and I look forward to getting to know all the staff who work to make CSU, Chico such a great campus.”

Hoffman will begin her new position April 21. She replaces Dennis Graham, who has served as vice president for business and finance since February 1997.

“We’re delighted to attract Lori to Chico,” said Paul Zingg, president of CSU, Chico, in a note to campus announcing the news. “There has been strong enthusiasm for her candidacy, not just in Business and Finance but throughout the University. This has generated high expectations, and I share the broad confidence that Lori will bring great energy and ability to us in this key leadership role.”

Zingg also thanked Graham for his many years of service to the University. “Dennis and the committed staff members of his division do so many things to maintain the high quality of our campus, and often with few of us knowing the work that it required. With Dennis’ guidance and expertise, the University has become a leader in the CSU in sustainable building practices, audit compliance and facilities planning.”

Hoffman served the UC Office of the President as deputy senior vice president for business and finance from 2004 to 2006, managing the departments of Financial Management, Clinical Services, Human Resources and Benefits, Facilities Administration, Office of Technology Transfer, Information Resources and Communications, Audit, External Finance and Treasurer’s Office. From 2000 to 2006, she served as director of non-state capital development and facilities planning for the UC President’s Office.

Prior to joining the UC, Hoffman was a fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in San Francisco, and a faculty member and affordable housing developer in San Luis Obispo.

In 2006, Hoffman joined CIRM, overseeing overall financial and administrative matters including budget, financial accounting, facilities planning, human resources, information technology and office management.

Hoffman has a bachelor’s degree in economics from UC Santa Cruz and a master of city and regional planning degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo as well as certificates from Stanford University and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.