Former Xerox, Schnitzer Steel and Sims Metal Management executive will take over for Ted Allen

George Fox University has hired corporate executive Vicki Piersall to serve as chief financial officer (CFO).

Piersall formerly worked at Xerox, Schnitzer Steel and Sims Metal Management and will manage the fiscal duties formerly handled by chief operating officer Ted Allen, who resigned for undisclosed reasons this past spring.

Piersall served as worldwide controller and director of consolidation at Xerox before moving to Schnitzer Steel in 2002 to serve as chief accounting officer and chief strategy officer.

From 2012 to 2014, Piersall served as senior vice president of strategy and business development for Sims Metal Management, helping the North American recycling business rebound into the black over a three-year period.

Since 2015, she consulted on financial business assessment and turnaround planning, strategic planning, and merger and acquisition transactions.Piersall

As George Fox CFO, Piersall will work with the president's executive team and the university board on strategic acquisitions, partnerships and determining the best uses of cash resources to continue its growth.

"Vicki will bring a fresh perspective to the university. Her experience in strategic finance is just what we need at this point in the university's history," GFU president Robin Baker said.

Piersall, who will start work Aug. 4, received a bachelor of business administration degree from Oregon State University and a master's degree in information technology from the University of Oregon.

George Fox has also re-organized some of its executive staff to address other functions performed by Allen, with vice president for enrollment and marketing Rob Westervelt transitioning to handle human resources as VP for employee empowerment, in addition to serving as chief innovation officer.

Executive director for undergraduate admissions Ryan Dougherty will now serve as VP for enrollment and marketing, while director of student life Brad Lau, provost Linda Samek and VP for advancement Lynn Andrews will remain in their current roles.

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