Julie Seppala

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Vice President for Finance

Treasurer, Board of Trustees

Treasurer, Michigan Tech Fund

The VP for Finance oversees all areas within the Financial Services and Operations office: Student Business Services which includes Accounts Receivable and Collections; Financial Information Systems; and Controller which includes Michigan Tech Fund Accounting, Purchasing, Tax Accounting, Property and Plant Fund Accounting, and General and Auxiliary Fund Accounting with Accounts Payable and University Travel.

Biography

Julie Seppala was appointed the Vice President for Finance in December of 2016. In July 2014 she was appointed as the Treasurer of the University Board of Trustees and the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors. She was also appointed as the Executive Director of Financial Services and Operations in June 2013.

From 2008 until 2016, she was the executive director of the university’s sponsored programs office, directing the federal and state proposal submissions, award negotiations, and financial compliance and reporting. From 1994 to 2008, she was the manager of the university’s sponsored programs accounting office, directing the external and internal financial compliance and reporting requirements of sponsored programs. She came to Michigan Tech in 1990 as an Assistant Research Accountant.

Seppala earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Michigan University in 1988. She has completed the Lean Facilitator training in 2012 and facilitated numerous campus process improvement events since 2008. Seppala co-wrote a publication “Kanbans for All” that was published in the January/February 2016 Volume 30, Number 1, Thomson Reuters Cost Management Journal. She has lead the Sponsored Programs Office in Lean/Process Improvement initiatives, is a trained Lean/Process Improvement Facilitator and has facilitated numerous campus process improvement events since 2008.

She is a member of the National Association of Business Officers (NACUBO), National Association of Research Administrators (NCURA) and participates in the Council on Governmental Relations (COGR), the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP)  and the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) State Business Affairs Officers Committee.

Departments

Committees

  • Board of Trustees Audit and Finance Committee
  • Budgeting Team