David Howe joins College as Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration

HoweDavid Howe has been named the Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, effective June 16, 2014. Howe is currently serving as Cornell's Senior Director of Facilities Administration and Finance. Paul Streeter, who formerly held the position, has transitioned to a new role as Cornell University’s Vice President for Planning and Budget

“I am very honored to have been offered the role of Assistant Dean and look forward to joining the fantastic team at the College of Veterinary Medicine,” said Howe. “The College is a world-renowned institution at the cutting edge of its industry; its research and clinical efforts are broad and diverse, and attract the best faculty, scholars, and students from around the world. I am excited at the prospect of working in and contributing to this environment.”

Howe is an experienced executive with more than 20 successful years in the non-profit sector, more than 10 of which were spent in higher education. Before joining the Division of Facilities Services in 2009, Howe was Administrative Director of Cornell’s National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center with offices in Ithaca and Arecibo, Puerto Rico. He has also held leadership roles at the Finance and Administration Business Service Center and served as a Senior Auditor for the University. Prior to joining Cornell, Howe worked as an accountant at Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Mickelson, LLP; as a French teacher in Hammondsport, N.Y.; and as an assistant principal at Marymount Academy in Montreal, Quebec. He holds an MBA from both Cornell University and Queens University. 

As Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration, Howe will serve as executive advisor and chief financial officer for the College of Veterinary Medicine, providing operations oversight and guidance for a wide range of issues in support of its teaching, research, and service mission.  He will oversee complex funding streams involving state appropriations and contracts, federally sponsored program funds, internal recharge operations, and clinical and educational external units and programs.  He will collaborate with various constituents, working closely with executive leadership on the long term planning and strategic direction of the college.

His responsibilities will include short and long term budget planning and implementation in support of the academic goals and fiscal health of the college (aggregate budget of nearly $135 million with nearly $30 million in sponsored research); capital planning including executive oversight of major capital projects such as the class expansion construction/renovation project and general oversight of central College functions. He will lead the College on issues related to the management of finance, budget and accounting, facilities, information technology and human capital planning and provide senior level administrative expertise and advice to the Dean, Department Chairs, Directors and Administrative Managers.

Representing the College on audit/compliance concerns and risk management issues, he will provide strategic financial oversight of enterprise operations of more than $40 million in annual revenue including Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA, Ithaca), the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists (CUVS, Stanford, CT), the Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists (CRES, Elmont, NY) as well as the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC, Ithaca).

“I am very pleased to announce that Dave Howe has accepted our offer to become our new College Officer,” said Michael I. Kotlikoff, Austin O. Hooey Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “Dave brings deep academic and enterprise experience to the College, and thoroughly impressed the committee with his open and thoughtful approach to problem solving and his sincere desire to join the College.  I am looking forward to working with him to continue our progress.”