Published: Nov. 17, 2010

Mark Haas appointed MSU assistant VP for business, CFO

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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Mark Haas will bring more than three decades of government, financial and managerial experience with him when he joins Michigan State University as assistant vice president for business.

Haas, who also will serve as the university’s chief financial officer, comes to MSU from the state of Michigan, where he has served as chief deputy treasurer since 2007.

In that role, Haas served as principal adviser to the state treasurer, overseeing more than 1,300 employees and a budget of $1.6 billion.

Prior to that, Haas served the state in a number of capacities, including chief operating officer in the Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Investments, director of the department’s Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis and Bureau of Bond Finance, and chief economist and director of business research for the Department of Commerce.

“MSU is fortunate to attract a person with Mark’s skills and breadth of experience,” said Fred Poston, MSU vice president for finance and operations.

Haas has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in economics from Central Michigan University. He did doctoral studies at MSU and took part in the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Haas’ appointment is effective Nov. 30.


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