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Albert Horvath Joins Columbia University as Executive Vice President for Finance
Albert G. Horvath

Columbia University has announced the appointment of Albert G. Horvath as executive vice president for finance, effective October 1.

Horvath is currently vice president for business and finance at the California Institute of Technology, one of the country's leading research institutions, acting as the Institute's primary business officer since May 2001. He joined Caltech in January 2000 as the associate vice president for finance and controller.

For the five years prior to joining Caltech, he served as controller at New York University. At NYU, Horvath led the implementation of a new financial system, application of substantial changes in accounting standards, financial reporting improvements, and many initiatives aimed at service improvement in financial operations. He also served in a variety of positions at Carnegie Mellon University and with Mellon Bank, both located in Pittsburgh.

"Columbia is extremely fortunate to have Al Horvath join the University as the executive vice president of finance," said Robert Kasdin, senior executive vice president. "His experience and ability has made him a leader among his peers in higher education. He will bring a great depth of skills as he leads Columbia in our strategic financial decisions and continues to improve our financial practices and operations."

Horvath received his B.S. degree in accounting from Penn State in 1981 and his MBA from Duquesne University in 1985. He has been deeply involved in professional development activities, serving in leadership roles with the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of College and University Auditors, and the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO). At EACUBO, Horvath chaired the Professional Development Committee and the Program Committee for the 1998 Annual Meeting as well as serving as the organization's treasurer. Horvath also developed and taught a graduate-level course on internal auditing at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

Horvath joins the University at a time when it has a triple A credit rating from both Moody's and Standard and Poor's, which is the highest long-term debt rating given by each firm.

Published: July 12, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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