Brandeis names Samuel Solomon Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Samuel Solomon M.B.A., Ph.D., C.F.A., has been named by Brandeis University as chief financial officer and treasurer. He will join the university on July 31.

Solomon joins Brandeis from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the world-renowned art and design institute and museum. At RISD, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since early 2014, where he led the finance, risk and information technology areas overseeing a $150 million budget, $150 million debt portfolio and a $325 million endowment fund. He strengthened RISD’s financial operations and structure while leading its strategic financial planning, working closely with the institution’s senior leadership and Board of Trustees.  

Solomon began his higher education career as a business manager in the Northeastern University Athletic office, and was subsequently named budget director and later named assistant treasurer. In 2008, he became treasurer and director of finance leading the treasury, debt, cash management and financial planning areas.

Solomon is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and has an MBA and Ph.D. from Northeastern University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and an officer of the Boston Consortium of Higher Education. He has served on the board of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

Solomon succeeds Marianne Cwalina, senior vice president for finance and treasurer, who is retiring at the end of June.


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