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NIU Board of Trustees to vote on new CFO on Thursday

Sarah McGill
Sarah McGill

DeKALB – Sarah McGill, an associate vice president at Northwestern University, is expected to become Northern Illinois University's new chief financial officer, pending a vote during Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting.

NIU President Lisa Freeman recently announced the selection.

“I appreciate the importance of staying true to the institutional culture and values while preparing for the challenges and opportunities of the future,” McGill said to NIU Today. “I have always been a big believer in transparency and open communication, as well as actively engaging with the university community and board of trustees.”

Acting CFO Lawrence Pinkelton has assumed the role since the retirement of Alan Phillips.

The executive search firm Witt/Kieffer was hired to assist in finding Phillips’ replacement. Phillips had been with the university since March 2015, and his annual salary was $245,000.

If approved, McGill will fill her new role in January.

McGill has been with Northwestern since 2012, where she served as senior associated dean of the graduate school, chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Before that, she spent six years at the University of Chicago, where she served as executive director for enrollment and chief of staff to the vice president for administration and CFO.

McGill earned her master's degree in business from Cardinal Stritch University and a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University.

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