Vice President for Financial Operations and Treasurer

Vice President for Financial Operations and Treasurer

Ingrid S. Stafford
Email: i-stafford@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-7350

Ingrid S. Stafford is currently Northwestern University’s vice president for financial operations and treasurer, a position she has held since 2014, having been associate vice president since 2006. Ms. Stafford joined Northwestern University in 1977 as assistant to the senior vice president for business and finance and has held several positions, including controller, working with four University presidents over the period.

Ms. Stafford is staff to three Northwestern University Board of Trustee committees: audit, finance and investments. She is responsible for the investment of nearly $2.5 billion in operating and capital reserve funds, and for the University’s $1.8 billion debt management program. She coordinates the University’s relationships with Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch in maintaining the University’s AAA credit ratings.

Ms. Stafford has been an active participant in continuing education initiatives for higher education trustees through the Association of Governing Boards. She is the author of “The Effective Finance Committee,” an AGB Effective Committee Series publication.

Recognition earned by Ms. Stafford includes the Community Leader of the Year from the Evanston Chamber of Commerce (2000); the Daniel D. Robinson Award for distinguished contribution to accounting policy in higher education from NACUBO (2000); and the Interfaith Action Council Vision Keeper Award (2013).   

Ms. Stafford received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Wittenberg University, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, and a master’s degree in finance and not-for-profit management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago.

Assistant to the Vice President

Sharon Wise
Email: s-wise2@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-4692

Main Office

619 Clark, Room 117
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-491-7350
Fax: 847-467-4777