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Feb. 8, 2017

SAULT STE. MARIE —  Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger has appointed Morrie Walworth as the University's new vice president for finance and operations. The announcement was made at an LSSU Board of Trustee meeting on Jan 28.


“Morrie has done an excellent job for the university during a critical time in our financial planning,” said President Pleger. “While in an interim role, Morrie delivered a balanced budget and also steered the University to an improved Standard and Poor's bond rating.”

As vice president for finance and operations, Walworth will be the University's chief financial officer and answer to the president for all business, operational, and fiscal affairs. His responsibilities include managing facilities, investments, budgets, projects, and contracts. He will handle financial, master, and strategic planning. He also oversees compliance and regulatory issues, as well as planning for facilities and infrastructure. Walworth heads up the departments of purchasing, business operations, institutional research, and information technology enterprise application services.


Walworth will also serve as treasurer for both the LSSU Foundation and Board of Trustees. He becomes a member of the president’s cabinet and an advisor to President Pleger.


“I am honored to receive this appointment and will do my best to serve Lake State, ” said Walworth.


Walworth has served as vice president of academic affairs and provost for LSSU since 2010, where, among other accomplishments, he led preparation for an accrediting visit from the Higher Learning Commission. Walworth started with LSSU in 1991, serving as faculty, chair and dean in the School of Engineering. Prior to joining LSSU, Walworth worked with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Purdue University, and held numerous consulting roles with businesses such as Continental Teves, Siemens Automotive, Takata, and Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Walworth holds bachelor's and a master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

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