April M. Herner has been appointed Oberlin’s director of finance/controller. Herner began in this role on September 1, 2021, following the retirement of Heidi Pycraft.
In this new role, Herner is responsible for the accounting information system, internal and external financial reporting, internal controls, cash management, audit management, accounts receivable and payable, and tax reporting. Areas under her supervision include accounts receivable, accounts payable, general accounting, grant and contract accounting, student loan accounting, and endowment accounting.
From June 2018 to September 2021, Herner served as director of budget and financial planning. In collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research, Herner helped to develop various models that were integral to the work of the Academic and Administrative Program Review process, as well as models that informed the development and monitoring of the three-semester model adopted for the 2020-2021 academic year. In this role, she developed relationships across campus that enhance collaboration and integrity of data used in forecasting, modeling, and financial planning.
She will continue to assist in this role while a national search for the next director of budget and financial planning is undertaken.
In addition to her strong knowledge of Oberlin’s mission, financial position, and sustainability initiatives, Herner has more than 20 years of experience in financial planning, auditing, and financial consulting. In these past roles, she specialized in nonprofit, health care, long-term care, and governmental industries, and managed a team of audit managers. She is a certified public accountant and earned a bachelor’s degree at Bowling Green State University.
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