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SUNY Cortland has named Mary K. Murphy as interim vice president for finance and management, filling the cabinet position formerly held by William E. Shaut, who passed away May 1.

Murphy, who worked closely with Shaut for nearly a decade as associate vice president for finance, moved into her new role this week.

She oversees all offices housed within the Division of Finance and Management, including the Physical Plant and the Business, Facilities, and Human Resources offices. The position is responsible for the College’s budget and capital projects, and serves as its liaison with the Auxiliary Services Corporation and the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center.

Jody Maroney ’00, chief budget officer for SUNY Cortland’s Business Office since 2004, also was appointed as interim associate vice president for finance.

She will have primary responsibility for the areas of finance, student accounts, purchasing, payroll, internal control and Research Foundation fiscal administration.

 “Both Mary and Jody are extremely talented professionals who have repeatedly demonstrated their dedication to the College throughout their respective careers at SUNY Cortland,” said SUNY Cortland President Erik J. Bitterbaum. “Their expertise and vision will help the College to maintain its strong financial foundation and ability to meet future economic challenges.”

Mary K. Murphy

Mary K. Murphy
Mary K. Murphy

Murphy, who joined the College in 2004, previously had served as director of financial analysis at Syracuse University since 1996, overseeing and managing financial analysis activities, plant accounting and property management departments. She had joined the university in 1993 as a financial analyst.

Prior to that, Murphy was accounting manager at L’Airco Ltd., a former manufacturer of computer room air conditioners in Syracuse, N.Y., from 1991-92. From 1984-1990, she was accounting manager with Alcatel-Transcom Corporation, a telecommunications assembly plant in Portsmouth, R.I. that was in the process of consolidating with its parent organization in North Carolina.

A native of Geneva, N.Y., and a graduate of Cicero (N.Y.) High School, Murphy completed the majority of her undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with honors from SUNY Empire State College in 2000 and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Syracuse University in 2005.

Murphy is a member of the National Association of College University Business Officers, Eastern Area College University Business Officrers, State University Business Officers Association and National Council University Research Administrators.

She has served on College committees including the Jets Steering Committee, the Auxiliary Services Corporation Board of Directors Finance Committee, the President’s Council and as treasurer and chair of the finance committee for the SUNY Cortland Child Care Center.

 She is married to Matthew Murphy, a chef and owner of a catering business, Murphy’s Complete Catering. They live in Marcellus, N.Y., and have two sons, Luke, who has a Ph.D. in engineering and works for Dielectric Labs in Cazenovia; and Zach, who is pursuing his master’s degree in exercise science at SUNY Cortland and owns a personal training fitness business, Personal Trainings’ Finest, in Baldwinsville, N.Y.

Jody Maroney

As the College’s budget officer since 2004, Maroney developed, submitted and oversaw budgets for four separate funds totaling more than $80 million in operations. She coordinated, developed and submitted the dormitory 10-year capital plan and collaborated with the President’s Cabinet, deans, department chairs and directors to ensure fiscal success. In 2011, she was recognized with the Business Office Award of Excellence.

Jody Maroney
Jody Maroney

Maroney joined the College’s Business Office/Student Accounts as a staff assistant in 2000 and was promoted later that year to assistant bursar. In 2003, her title was changed to assistant director of student accounts.

Maroney accepted a position at SUNY Cortland upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics from the College, where she concentrated in financial management and received a Fred Hanga Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Business Economics. She also has associates in applied science degrees in accounting and business administration from Tompkins Cortland Community College.

From 1993 to 1999, Maroney was employed as payroll supervisor at Suit-Kote Corporation. During the year before that, she was a bookkeeper at New Medico Highgate.

A native of East Freetown, N.Y., Maroney graduated from Cincinnatus Central School. She lives in Solon, N.Y., with her husband and two children.