A certified public accountant who has served as an accounting professor and a high-level company executive has been named the chief financial officer at Emory & Henry College.
Richard K. Gaumer comes to Emory & Henry College from Sturgeon Bay, Wis., where he was the owner of an accounting business and also served as a consultant for small and emerging technology and manufacturing organizations.
Prior to working in these capacities, he served as executive vice president of operations and the chief accounting officer for Orion Energy Systems, Inc. in Manitowoc, Wis. and as an associate professor of accounting at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.
From 1974 to 1985 he worked for the Kohler Company in Kohler, Wis., most recently serving as division controller for technical services. The division encompassed annual spending of $85 million, 1,100 employees and 50 departments.
At Kohler, Gaumer “developed a strong foundation of skills for later roles as a CFO and as a professor of accounting and leadership.”
Gaumer said he was attracted to Emory & Henry because of its commitment to making a significant difference with students in the region.
The hard issues of the day in higher education, particularly for small, rural, private liberal arts colleges are well documented. I feel the E&H approach has an unusually high probability for success. I want to be a part of it.Rick Gaumer
Emory & Henry, Gaumer said, will demonstrate the relevance of small, rural colleges in shaping the futures of students and communities. “I hope to bring my unique background of planning and organizational skills gained in the private industry sector along with my 12 years of full-time college teaching experience to this effort.”