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June 3, 2004

Leffler Named NC State’s New Chief Financial Officer


Charles D. Leffler
Charles D. Leffler

Charles D. Leffler, a 20-year veteran of facilities, finance and business at North Carolina State University, has been named the new vice chancellor for finance and business at the university, effective August 1. Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced his selection today following approval by the Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs and Personnel Committee after a five-month targeted search.

Leffler is currently associate vice chancellor for facilities, a post he has held since 1988. He will succeed George Worsley, who will retire on July 31 after 28 years as NC State’s chief financial officer.

In his new role, Leffler will oversee a budget of nearly $1 billion and be responsible for all business and finance functions supporting NC State’s teaching, research and extension programs.

“For two decades, Charlie Leffler has demonstrated rock-solid integrity and a comprehensive understanding of university business operations,” said Fox. “More important, he has a very clear vision of the challenges and opportunities NC State will face in the years ahead. His experience and sound judgment have earned him the full confidence and support of the entire campus community.”

As associate vice chancellor for facilities, Leffler is responsible for managing all university facilities and real property, and oversees key offices and departments including facilities operations and maintenance, energy, fleet management, real estate, campus master planning, facilities planning and design, construction management, and other organizations. He also oversees a current capital construction program of $900 million, and controls an operating budget of more than $50 million, with development and management responsibility for almost 700 employees.

NC State controls 113,000 acres statewide, with about 200 major buildings totaling 11.3 million gross square feet, on its campuses.

Leffler has played a leadership role in the ongoing development of Centennial Campus, and helps oversee NC State’s capital-expansion portion of the $468 million Higher Education Bond Program. He works directly with university leaders, the Board of Trustees, and local and state government agencies to accomplish the missions of the facilities and finance and business offices.

Prior to his current post, Leffler served from 1984 to 1988 as assistant vice chancellor for business at NC State, where he oversaw the support-service units of purchasing, central stores, parking, transportation, bookstores, graphics, campus laundry, telecommunications, public safety, real estate, risk management, campus museum and historical properties, and other departments and offices. He supervised 300 employees and controlled a $16 million budget.

Before joining NC State, Leffler served as director of campus services at the University of Cincinnati, which has four campuses and a medical center complex, and controlled a budget of $18 million and 250 employees. He also served as associate director of campus services and director of parking and transportation at Cincinnati.

Leffler earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a master’s degree in management in the College of Management at NC State.

He has served on numerous committees and task forces at NC State, including the Campus Design Review Panel, the UNC Bond Program Planning Alliance, the Neighborhood/Community Relations Task Force, and the Centennial Campus Development Team, among many others, and serves as liaison to the Board of Trustees’ Buildings and Property Committee.

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