Former North Adams treasurer appointed as SVC CFO


BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College has announced the hiring of Jennifer Macksey as the college's new chief financial officer and chief administrative officer.

Macksey has over 20 years of experience working with financial systems in both higher education and local government. Since 2008, she worked as the director of student accounts and bursar at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, and previously worked for the city of North Adams as treasurer and tax collector for eight years, and director of finance and chief procurement officer for five years. While at MCLA she also taught courses in the business and economics department.

"The SVC community is delighted to welcome Jennifer as our new CFO/CAO," said SVC president David Evans. " She has incredible knowledge of finance at all levels, coupled with her experience and keen insight of the financial workings of a college. We are fortunate to have Jennifer at the helm of our college operations."

Macksey will replace Claire Wurmfeld, who will be relocating to Washington D.C. Wurmfeld had held the position since 2013, when she replaced James Beckwith, who resigned after being accused of embezzling $550,000 from the college while serving as acting president during Karen Gross' leave of absence.

"In her new role, Macksey will be an integral part of the Senior Leadership Team reporting to the President," said SVC Communications Director Marion Whiteford in a release. "She will oversee long-range financial planning and budgeting, audits, investments, accounting, finance and bank relationships, risk management, purchasing and contracts and compliance student accounts and financial aid, as well as facilities and grounds."

"Everyone is replaceable, but some people are harder than others to replace," said then-North Adams John Barrett in a 2008 interview with the North Adams Transcript when Macksey resigned as treasurer to take the position at MCLA in 2008, "Hers are big shoes to fill. I always said she was my alter ego. She knew to turn left before I even I knew I was turning left. She might be small in stature, but everyone knew who was in charge of her office."

Macksey is a member of the Masssachusetts Bursar's Association and Massachusetts Collectors and Treasurers Association, and previously she had been a member of the North Adams Fair Housing Committee, North Adams Municipal Credit Union Board, and Business and Professional Women's Club. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Burlington, where she received a bachelor's degree in accounting and business. She received her master's degree from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, in educational administration.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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