Ashland University Names New Vice President for Business

Ashland University Names New Vice President for Business

8/19/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Stephen Storck, C.P.A., has been named the new vice president for business at Ashland University. Storck, who will oversee all facets of Ashland’s business office operations, will begin his duties Aug. 26.

“I am very excited to announce this new addition to the University’s cabinet leadership,” said AU President Dr. Frederick Finks. “Steve has a very strong background in business office leadership with experience at a number of universities, and he brings a new dimension to the university in this area.”

Storck comes to Ashland from Kent State University, where he has served as senior associate vice president for finance and administration since 2010. His responsibilities at Kent State included collaborating with seven associate vice presidents within the Finance and Administration Division of the University in an effort to fulfill the division’s responsibilities for budget, financial analysis and planning, facilities planning and operations, financial reporting, internal audit, investments and cash management, public safety, real estate and risk management.

Some of his accomplishments at Kent included leading the effort to develop a renewable energy plan for the University and the implementation of the first solar PV panel system project; leading the financial review of the assessment and ultimate acquisition of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and subsequently the finance and administration transition team; assisting in the administration of the renovation of Risman Plaza, a major gateway on campus, and in the renovation of the first floor of the library; and participating in the partnership effort with the city of Kent, the Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority and the University that resulted in a $120 million redevelopment of downtown Kent.

Prior to joining Kent State, he served as vice president and treasurer at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., from 2007 to 2010. There, his duties included the supervision of the campus store manager, controller, director of conference services, director of food services, director of human resources, director of physical plant, and director of safety and security.

Storck also served as vice president for administration and CFO at Heidelberg University from 2006 to 2007, and as vice president for business affairs at Otterbein College from 1988 to 2006. He also served as business manager for Elizabethtown College, as comptroller for Davis and Elkins College, assistant comptroller for the University of Charlestown and auditor for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

He holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University, an M.B.A. from York College in York, Pa.; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

He has held a number of professional certifications, including president of the Ohio Association of College and University Business Officers; co-chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers; member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; and on the Board of Advisors of Sage Scholars, a national college savings organization.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###