On May 20, 2019, Holy Family University announced the appointment of Eric Nelson, MBA to the position of Vice President for Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer. Nelson will serve as a member of the Senior Administration, reporting directly to the President, and will be responsible for the operations and strategy that sustains and advances the financial well-being of the University and related functions. Nelson brings more than 25 years of financial leadership experience in both the corporate sector and higher education.
Nelson comes to Holy Family University most recently from Arcadia University, where he served as Vice President for Finance/Administration and University Treasurer since 2015.
Prior to working at Arcadia University, he served as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania and as Vice President for Finance at Wesley College in Delaware. He earned his baccalaureate degree in Accounting from Wesley College and his MBA from Baker College in Michigan.
“I am pleased to welcome Eric Nelson to Holy Family University,” said Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD, President. “I am confident that Mr. Nelson's combination of training and experience makes him an excellent match for his role at Holy Family and a strong asset now and in the future. I ask that everyone please join me in welcoming him to the campus community. Additionally, as Mr. Nelson joins our team, I wish to acknowledge the work of Patrick McCormick who has been a tremendous asset to the University during a period of significant transition.”
At Arcadia, Nelson identified permanent cost savings for the University without affecting any level of services offered; guided three positive fiscal years that resulted in revenue surpluses; and oversaw the completion of multiple building programs, which resulted in a new facilities building, an addition to the science building, and remodeling of several residence halls, among many other notable accomplishments.
“What attracted me to Holy Family University was the University’s core mission and values,” Nelson said. “I sought to be associated with a faith-based institution of higher education, as I believe such institutions are better grounded in what they believe to be the center of what they represent and can offer to students more than just a traditional education. I was thrilled when I heard that I had been chosen to join the Holy Family community.”