College Names New Vice President for Business/Finance
Bradley Mitchell Brings Corporate Experience to the Position
February 10, 2011
Wilmington College has selected Bradley J. Mitchell of Cincinnati to serve as vice president for business and finance. He will assume the position Feb. 28.
Mitchell will succeed Thomas Jenkins, who served as vice president from 2002 until his retirement last summer, and controller Timothy Pruett, who has been serving as interim vice president since Jenkins’ departure.
WC President Dan DiBiasio said Mitchell brings to the job extensive experience, knowledge and skills from the corporate world.
“Brad impressed me as possessing both the financial and leadership skills required for the position and the energy and commitment to our mission to be effective in the vice president’s role,” DiBiasio said.
Mitchell has been a corporate finance consultant since 2009, providing performance improvement and financial advisory services to life science companies. For the previous six years, he held several positions with Patheon Pharmaceuticals in Cincinnati.
He advanced from Patheon’s director of finance to regional controller for its U.S. operations and, ultimately, to vice president, finance for North America. As vice president, he led financial operations including reporting, auditing, forecasting, financial analysis and strategic planning for three research and development labs and seven manufacturing plants in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Mitchell said he is excited about the new focus his career will take in higher education.
“I’m at a point in my career where I’m interested in focusing on making a positive difference particularly in helping our youth — our future leaders,” he said. “I feel very positive towards higher education, particularly with a faith and principle-based institution as Wilmington College.”
As vice president for business and finance, Mitchell will oversee the areas of the College’s Business Office and its services of accounting, accounts payable, purchasing and budget, in addition to Human Resources, Computer Services and Physical Plant.
James Reynolds, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty, chaired the search committee that initially interviewed Mitchell and brought him back for a more comprehensive campus visit.
“We believe Brad has the advanced skills that we will need in the future as we make some important decisions to continue to move the College in a forward direction,” he said.
Mitchell previously was the vice president, finance with Formica Corporation and a corporate controller with Entek IRD, a venture capital-backed Cincinnati company. During the early part of his career, he held a number of positions with Procter & Gamble, where he was instrumental in collaboration with marketing, sales and manufacturing in launching a number of national brands. He received his Chartered Accountancy (C.A.) with KPMG in Toronto.
Mitchell holds a bachelor of commerce degree with honors from the University of Windsor in Ontario, a master of business administration degree from Cornell University and prior certification as a chartered accountant, which is the global equivalent to a certified public accountant.