Changes at the Top

Paul Messplay

Paul Messplay, currently director of budget, will become vice president for administration and finance and will serve as UMW’s chief financial officer beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Messplay has worked in budgeting at Mary Washington for 11 years. He previously held positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, Tennessee’s Higher Education Commission, and Virginia’s Department of Planning and Budget.

“I am delighted to have someone with his finance background who understands university budgets, in particular, at this time when we are looking closely at reorienting our budget to make it possible for UMW to invest in our strategic priorities,” President Troy D. Paino wrote to the university community in announcing the changes.

Lynne Richardson, currently vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer, will return to her role as dean of the College of Business (CoB), Jan. 1, 2019. Paino noted that since Richardson joined the CoB seven years ago, she has prepared it for a recent site visit by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of

Lynne Richardson

Business (AACSB) accreditation team. He called the visit successful and very positive. Paino wrote that Richardson’s first love is the College of Business. “I respect and am glad to honor her desire to return to that work to be closer to faculty and students again.”

Paino also thanked Interim Dean Kenneth Machande and Associate Dean Chris Garcia, and he thanked business faculty for the hard work that led to the positive AACSB site visit.

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