Vice President for Administration & Finance / CFO
Sonoma State University
Joyce Lopes joined Sonoma State University as the Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer in August 2017. Ms. Lopes comes to SSU from Humboldt State University where she was the Vice President of Administrative Affairs. Along with being a certified public accountant, Ms. Lopes holds a Master's in Business Administration and a certificate from the Chief Business Officer Leadership Institute sponsored by the California Association of School Business Officers.
She is also a trained consultant in interest-based negotiations. Ms. Lopes earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business at the University of Maryland in Europe where she took advantage of the location to study art history in Prague, world economics in Den Haag, music appreciation in Salzburg, and world literature in Egypt. Ms. Lopes has 35 years of finance experience in the education industry that includes public and private universities in the U.S. and overseas, as well as a research university, a community college and a K-12 district. Her results-oriented leadership style is focused on trust, collaboration and accountability. Her management experience includes widely disparate departments from accounting to human resources to information technology to facilities and maintenance. She is a self-motivated and creative leader with experience developing sustainable budgets in growing and declining enrollment environments.

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