Mount Holyoke appoints new Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer
In a letter to the community, Interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum announces the appointment of Carl M. Ries as the incoming Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer, effective July 1.
Dear members of the Mount Holyoke community,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Carl M. Ries as the incoming Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer. Carl comes to us from Hampshire College, where he has also served as Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer since 2021. Prior to that, he was the Vice President, Chief Financial Officer for the Los Angeles Opera, where his experience included issuing debt, an ERP conversion (similar to our Summit project), union contracts, real estate deals, insurance, risk management, complex HR issues and lots of Board interaction –– all of which proved to be helpful at Hampshire, where his leadership has been described as transformative. Carl’s years of experience working in the higher education and nonprofit sector have been characterized by creative problem-solving, effective and transparent communication with all constituents, sharp financial acumen and a collaborative and collegial leadership style. He has a constructive, positive and service-oriented mindset focused on achieving collective goals which will serve Mount Holyoke well. His appointment is effective July 1.
I know that I speak for the entire search committee and our incoming president, Danielle Holley, in expressing our collective enthusiasm for Carl Ries as an outstanding choice for this critically important leadership position at the College.
I want to thank the members of the search committee who served along with me (Lisa Sullivan, Bett Schumacher, Alex Wirth-Cauchon, Marcella Runell and Katie McMenimen) as well as the Isaacson, Miller search consultants for bringing our search to such a happy and timely conclusion. Special thanks go to our Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration, Mary Jo Maydew, for providing such wise and steady leadership during this year of transition. Her partnership has been tremendously helpful to me in my role as Interim President, and I am very grateful for it.
It is wonderful to be able to announce Carl’s appointment today, knowing that there will be an opportunity for him to connect with Mary Jo in the next few weeks in anticipation of a smooth transition on July 1.
Beverly Daniel Tatum