Ramapo’s longtime CFO named VP for finance and administration, CFO at William Paterson

Kirsten Loewrigkeit, a Certified Public Accountant with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, has been named vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at William Paterson University, according to a Tuesday announcement.

Loewrigkeit joins the Wayne-based institution after a decade at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she served most recently as CFO and vice president for fiscal health, as well as acting vice president for operational and administrative integration.

“Kirsten’s record of success in the areas of resource allocation and budgeting, strategic business planning, operational and financial analysis, compliance and audits will serve us well in today’s frequently shifting higher education landscape,” William Paterson President Richard Helldobler said. “She has a firm understanding of both the financial challenges and opportunities in public higher education, especially those in New Jersey, and I am confident that she will be of great help as we continue our efforts to strengthen William Paterson and position the university for future growth.”

At Ramapo, Loewrigkeit had primary responsibility for the college’s budget and led its finance and operational support units, as well as overseeing a team of 150 employees across capital planning, human resources, environmental health and safety, information technology services and media. Among her many highlights there, she led significant rounds of debt financing and oversaw the timely, on-budget completion of a $44 million capital project during the COVID pandemic. Her financial leadership throughout the pandemic allowed Ramapo to operate with no net use of reserves. Prior to the assuming the CFO role at Ramapo, Loewrigkeit served as comptroller for institutional advancement and CFO of the Ramapo College Foundation.

Before joining Ramapo, Loewrigkeit held increasingly senior audit, accounting and controller roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Florham Park; in the energy sector; and with Community Education Centers Inc. of West Caldwell. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.