July 28, 2004

Bame appointed executive director of finance

by Tom Woolf

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Kevin D. Bame, a Southern Illinois University Carbondale employee the past 18 years, is the University's new executive director of finance. SIUC Chancellor Walter V. Wendler announced the appointment Wednesday, July 28.

 "I am very pleased that Kevin has agreed to join our executive team," Wendler said. "I think he will bring insight and expertise to this position that will help the University manage its business practices efficiently."

Currently director of accounting services, Bame will start in his new position Aug. 1. The appointment is subject to ratification by the SIU Board of Trustees.

Bame's appointment is part of a reorganization of umbrella administrative structures for various departments that Trustees approved in June. The changes, part of the University's ongoing effort to streamline administrative functions, created the executive director for finance and executive director for administration positions.

Bame will oversee Human Resources/Payroll, Accounting Services, Labor and Employee Relations, Information Technology, Purchasing/Accounts Payable and the Center for Environmental Health and Safety.

Catherine A. Hagler, who now serves as executive director of Facilities and Business Operations, will maintain the duties of executive director for administration. She will oversee Plant and Service Operations, the Department of Public Safety and Shryock Auditorium/Arena promotions.

Bame looks forward to his new responsibilities.

"During the past 18 years, I have developed a clear understanding of the University's operations and financial position," Bame said. "I believe that my background will benefit the University as we look at ways to improve our efficiency and effectiveness."

He said he considers it "a privilege to serve an institution that has given a great deal to me."

A Murphysboro native, Bame is a 24-year veteran of the accounting and tax fields. He holds a variety of professional designations, including certified public accountant, certified risk manager and certified internal auditor.

After obtaining his bachelor's degree in accounting from SIUC in 1979, Bame joined the St. Louis CPA firm of Ernst & Whitney as a staff accountant. A year later, he became a supervisor in the Carbondale CPA firm of Barnett & Levine. His responsibilities included supervising financial and compliance audits of state agencies, local governmental units, broadcasters and contractors. He also supervised compliance audits of grants and contracts for state agencies, local governmental units and health-care providers. He also prepared and reviewed federal and state income tax returns for corporations, tax-exempt organizations and individuals.

In 1986, Bame joined the University as an internal auditor, a position he held until 1995, when he became director of tax management and compliance.

After four years in that position, Bame became director of University Risk Management. He became director of Accounting Services in May 2003.

He earned his MBA from SIUC in 2002. Bame's wife of 25 years, Lyn, is a U.S. history teacher at Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, and the couple has two children, 21-year-old Alex and 18-year-old Alyssa. The family lives in Murphysboro, where Bame serves on the school board. He has been board president since 2001.