Kris Lynch Named Vice President for Administration and Finance

Kris Lynch, Vice President for Administration and FinanceWILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to announce Douglas Kris Lynch of Charlotte as the vice president for administration and finance.  His appointment was effective June 7, 2010.

“I am pleased to welcome Kris Lynch to the Barton College community,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “His credentials and experience will serve the Barton community well as he assumes the role of chief financial officer for the College.  Mr. Lynch’s keen business acumen will guide decisions to advance Barton’s position as a regional leader in higher education and will ensure the continued financial stability of the College’s future.”

As vice president for administration and finance, Lynch’s responsibilities include overseeing the College operations for personnel, business and finance, information technology, administrative computing, and physical plant. He keeps official corporation records and executes administrative policies determined by or in conjunction with other officials. Lynch is responsible for analyzing financial records to forecast future financial position and budget requirements, as well as providing advice to the governing board on investments and loans for short and long-range financial plans. He also serves as a member of the president’s senior cabinet.

“I am very excited to join the Barton College community,” shared Lynch.  “Everyone I have met is so warm and welcoming that it truly feels like a family environment already.  After 27 years in the business world, it is both refreshing and stimulating to be in a higher education environment with so much positive energy and enthusiasm. Hopefully, my experience in the business world will help us successfully face and conquer the many challenges we face in today’s unsettled economic and social climate.”

A native of Middletown, Ohio, Lynch completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance, graduating with honors from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  He holds Certified Public Accountant certification in the states of Ohio and North Carolina.

Prior to joining the Barton administration, Lynch served as vice president and chief financial officer for the Wurth Wood Group headquartered in Charlotte.  Other professional appointments have included senior manager of the Audit Department of McGladrey & Pullen in Charlotte, chief financial officer for Metropolitan Printing Company in Cincinnati, Ohio, and certified public accountant for Price Waterhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lynch has been a member of the Morningstar Lutheran Church in Mathews where he served in a number of leadership roles including, but not limited to, treasurer, council member, usher, and communion assistant. He is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and holds a private pilot license.

He is the son of Donald Lynch of Pinehurst and the late Wanda Lynch.  Lynch and his wife, the former Cindy Chase of Norwalk, Ohio, have two grown sons, Nathaniel and Matthew.


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