WOOSTER, Ohio – James E. Prince has been named vice president for finance and business at The College of Wooster, effective June 24. As vice president, his responsibilities will include management and oversight of the college’s budget process, business office, facilities and facilities planning, investments, grounds, purchasing, the bookstore, and food services.
Prince comes to Wooster from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he has served as vice president for business and finance since 2009. At Kalamazoo, he created a five-year budget modeling tool to assist with financial forecasting, provided leadership for the development of the college’s master plan, and oversaw the planning and execution of several major capital projects. Over the course of more than 30 years in higher education administration, Prince also has held senior financial management positions at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Penn., Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind.
“I am so delighted Jim Prince will be joining us at Wooster,” said Wooster President Sarah R. Bolton. “His deep knowledge of and experience in residential liberal arts colleges is matched by an equally deep commitment to this distinctive form of education. He will be a superb addition to our team and to the college community.”
“It is an honor to have been selected for this position,” said Prince. “I am attracted to Wooster’s commitment to a high level of academic excellence, long history of inclusiveness, deep regard for its students and employees, prudent fiscal management, and a willingness to embrace positive change. I look forward to working closely with President Bolton, the campus community and the Board of Trustees.”
The College of Wooster is America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research. Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education, culminating in a rigorous senior project, in which each student works one-on-one with a faculty mentor to conceive, organize and complete a significant research project on a topic of the student’s own choosing. Through this distinctive program, every Wooster student develops abilities valued by employers and graduate schools alike: independent judgment, analytical ability, creativity, project-management and time-management skills, and strong written and oral communication skills. Founded in 1866, the college enrolls approximately 2,000 students.