James Dillon was named vice chancellor for Administration and Finance of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) in June 2005. The Administration and Finance Division is responsible for developing policy and providing system-wide leadership in the areas of financial planning, accounting, procurement, investing, commercial banking, emergency management and campus security.
Dillon has held various positions with PASSHE since 1989, including cash and debt manager and director of cash and debt management. He designed, implemented and managed PASSHE’s integrated cash/capital management system; directed the System’s working capital investments program; and directed PASSHE’s bond program, which, to date has involved 26 issues for a principal amount of more than $1.2 billion. He also directed the System’s centralized payroll system.
Before joining PASSHE, Dillon served in various positions with The Equitable in New York City, including as manager and assistant manager of the Office of the Treasurer. While there, he assisted in the analysis and implementation of financing alternatives including commercial paper, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange hedges, medium-term notes, and others. He also assisted in management of the funding operations division. Prior to working at The Equitable, Dillon was an associate in corporate finance for Henry Ansbacher, Inc., also in New York City.
Dillon holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and labor relations from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Fordham University ’s Joseph Martino School of Business. He also attended the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He has given professional presentations at the Annual Treasury Management Conference of the Treasury Management Association and the National Multi Housing Developers Association.
The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education comprises 14 universities, four branch campuses and several regional centers, including the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. With more than 112,500 students, PASSHE is the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.