Lakeland College has named Carole Robertson vice president for finance and chief financial officer. She will manage the college’s business operations and oversee several departments including finance, facilities, information technology, financial aid and dining services.
Robertson is an experienced administrative leader with a track record of success in both the public and private sectors. She possesses extensive experience working with boards and senior leadership in developing strategic plans and guiding their implementation. Throughout her career, she has led cross-functional teams resulting in efficiencies, enhancement of services, diversification of revenues, institutional cooperation and goal attainment.
"Ms. Robertson not only has the requisite experience as a chief financial officer in higher education, but we also believe she will be a fantastic fit with our Lakeland community," said Lakeland Interim President Dan Eck. "Her open, collaborative style of leadership will be invaluable as we restructure how we create, implement and manage our budgets and our overall financial operations to support our developing strategic plan."
She comes to Lakeland from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she has worked as vice president, finance and administration for the past three years. She has more than 30 years in various finance roles, including finance director/treasurer for the Village of Lakewood, Ill., vice president of finance and administration/treasurer at Elgin (Ill.) Community College, and assistant vice president of finance at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Ill.
She has a master's degree in finance and a bachelor's in accountancy from Dominican University in River Forest, Ill.
She has received a number of honors for her work, including Regional Outstanding Business Officer from the Community College Business Officer Association (CCBO).