R. Gavin Leach

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Mr. Gavin Leach became Vice President for Finance and Administration at Northern Michigan University on July 1, 2007. 

Mr. Leach represents the university on several state and national committees including the Michigan Universities Coalition on Health, Inc., Midwestern Higher Education Commission Computing Task Force, the Merit Board of Directors, Northern Initiatives Board of Directors, and Educause.  He leads a cross-divisional team that planned and implemented the Teaching, Learning, and Communication notebook computer program and provides ongoing oversight of the program.  In addition, he oversees planning and implementation of the university’s campus master plan, computer leasing program, wide area network, administrative computer systems and programmers, facilities operations, auxiliary operations, and the university’s human resource operations. 

Previously, Mr. Leach served Northern Michigan University as the Associate Vice President for Finance and Planning.  In this role Mr. Leach developed and presented university strategies with regard to the annual and long-term planning for NMU’s $178 million budget, state budget requests, legislative hearings, compensation, technology, facilities, auxiliary operations, and financial aid. 

Prior to joining Northern in 1989, his career included serving as a Senior Tax Analyst for Arthur Andersen & Company and a Senior Tax Analyst at MTS Systems Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in Accounting and Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Northern Michigan University, and a CPA certificate.

Detailed Background: Vice President for Finance and Administration (2007-present). Associate Vice President for Finance and Planning, Northern Michigan University (2001-2007); Acting Chief Financial Officer, Northern Michigan University (2003-2004); Budget Director, Northern Michigan University (1993-2000); Senior Financial Analyst, Northern Michigan University (1992); Budget Analyst, Northern Michigan University (1991); Senior Accountant, Northern Michigan University (1989-1990); Senior Tax Analyst, MTS Systems Corporation (1987-1989); Experienced Tax Accountant, Arthur Andersen and Company (1985-1987).