Dr. Nafez Alyan will join Millersville University on July 1, 2023, as Vice President of Finance and Administration. Alyan is an accomplished strategist with over 25 years of senior executive leadership, planning and advisory experience in higher education and finance at public and private universities.
In his position at Millersville, Alyan will oversee accounting and budgeting, capital construction, contracting and design, housekeeping, human resources, maintenance operations, student accounts, visual and performing arts, purchasing, University police and University services.
Since 2021 Alyan has served as the Vice President of Finance, Operations, IT and CFO at Lake Superior State University in Michigan. From 2012-2021 he was managing partner with Novus International Consultants. He also served as CFO of United Arab Emirates University from 2008-2012.
During his career, he led major change and reform initiatives, designed and institutionalized methods to support and improve decision-making processes and advised leaders on ways to improve the performance of their organizations.
In addition to several leadership roles, Nafez previously taught at universities worldwide, developed and delivered executive training seminars, and served as a keynote speaker at prestigious venues in his fields of expertise.
Alyan earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Oklahoma and his master’s in accounting and financial management from the University of Sheffield. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Kuwait University.
Debbie Newsom, the interim vice president of finance and administration for the past year, will retire at the end of June.