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EVP and CFO

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Joanne DeStefano is the Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Cornell University. As the most senior non-academic officer for the university, the EVP is the chief financial and administrative officer responsible for directing the financial and administrative services in support of the academic mission.

Ms. DeStefano began her tenure with the university in 1990 as the general accounting manager for the contract colleges, having held a number of positions with progressive responsibility within the finance division, most recently vice president for finance and CFO. Prior to joining the university, Ms. DeStefano worked in the corporate sector.

Ms. DeStefano is a 1978 graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor of science in accounting, and a 1997 recipient of a master of business administration in finance from the Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.

Locally, Ms. DeStefano serves as a member on the Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) board of directors and executive committees, and previously served as the chair of CMC’s patient and quality safety committee and as the chair for the Cornell 2008 United Way campaign. Nationally, she is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and has held board of director positions with the Kuali Foundation and the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR).

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