Dr. Betty Roberts
Vice President for Finance & Administration
Dr. Betty Roberts was named Vice President for Finance & Administration in August 2014.
She has more than three decades of experience in administrating operations within collegiate environments, with particular experience in information technology, sustainability, finance, senior management, and organizational development.
In her previous roles at various universities, she has been responsible for notable changes, including the revitalization of administrative processes, renovations to facilities, and forging successful partnerships with community, corporate, financial, and government organizations.
Most recently, she served as Chief Operating Officer at Alcorn State University of Mississippi (ASU), where she managed eight direct reports and a $97 million budget, while overseeing operations from student life to human resources, and facilities to financial services. At ASU, Roberts identified wasteful and costly systems within the university and devised plans to increase efficiency, redesigned the performance evaluation system for employees, developed a technology disaster recovery plan, which drastically reduced recovery times, and established an office of sustainability.
Roberts also had numerous successes in her previous role at Vice President of Administration and Finance at the University of Central Missouri, where developed a plan that reduced energy consumption by 31 percent, and oversaw the multi-million dollar constructions of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the Health and Human Performance Department.
She has also held positions as Associate Vice President of Information Technology at the University of Houston, Assistant Vice President of Business Services at Pennsylvania State University, and several positions of varied levels of authority at the University of Missouri System.
Roberts holds a Ph.D. in higher and adult education and an Ed.S. in higher and adult education from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Louisville, a B.A. in English/secondary education from Tusculum College, an A.A. in liberal arts from Cazenovia College for Women, and a Certificate in Financial Management from Cornell University.
Her extensive list of community activities includes serving on the Boards of Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute, Cazenovia College, and the Kansas City Urban League and as Vice President of the Committee of Missouri State Higher Education Business Officers. She has presented at numerous conferences on a wide range of topics, including an address on “Balancing Green Initiatives with Deferred Maintenance Through Building Retrofit Projects” for the Central Association of College and University Business Officers. She has received several recognitions for her excellence in leadership, including being named an Outstanding Woman in Higher Education by University of Central Missouri and being the recipient of the Kappa Alpha Psi Community Achievement Award.