A MESSAGE FROM DEAN FRIED

Dear Colleagues, 

It is my pleasure to announce that Sepi Sepasi will be the next Vice Dean for Finance and Administration for the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Sepasi will join Columbia Mailman starting January 7, 2019. She brings over twenty years of experience in finance, planning and administration, chiefly in academic settings.

Most recently, Ms. Sepasi served in two prominent roles at Rutgers University. As Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance and Human Resources, she was responsible for the flagship New Brunswick campus’s $1.7B operating budget and for building the financial infrastructure to support and manage its 12 schools, 6 institutes, and multiple auxiliary units. In this role, she was involved in capital planning, human resources delivery and IT support for the campus’s administrative units.  

Prior to being elevated to Interim Vice Chancellor, Ms. Sepasi served as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Financial Initiatives at Rutgers, where she led development and implementation of a new budgeting and analysis tools for the university’s $4B budget. She also co-facilitated the complex integration of health sciences and the university onto one financial platform.

Previously, Ms. Sepasi spent 12 years at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. At the University of Chicago, she served as the Executive Director and Chief of Staff for Finance and Administration. In that position, she directly partnered with the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer in managing the finances and operations of the university, including capital planning, operating budget, and service delivery of key administrative functions. At Northwestern, Ms. Sepasi led large enterprise-wide initiatives as Senior Director in the Office of Change Management. Earlier, Sepi served 8 years in management consulting and tax advisory services at Deloitte.

Ms. Sepasi holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, and Bachelor of Arts (BA), from Michigan State University. She also was nominated and completed executive education programs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Kellogg School of Management.

Given her success in leading large and complex financial operations, her experience developing customer-focused administrative support services, and her strategic prowess, I am confident that Ms. Sepasi will be an excellent Vice Dean, elevating all of our work. In addition to serving as a key advisor to me and the leadership team, she will oversee financial operations, human resources, information technology, facilities operations, and internal controls and compliance. I very much look forward to her partnership and benefitting from her expertise.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Anthony Pramberger, who served us well as Vice Dean for Finance and Administration for 11 years, until his retirement this fall. I also recognize the Vice Dean’s direct reports—Brian Byrne, David DeClerq, Rose Diaz, Melissa Reynolds, Irma Rosario, Agnes Skiba, and Elizabeth Tashiro—who have worked hard to continue smooth operations during this interim period. Finally, I am grateful to Regina Santella, Bethany Jankunis, and Julie Kornfeld, as well as CUIMC colleagues Wil McKoy and Fran Caracappa, for providing oversight and support of the Vice Dean’s teams through this leadership transition. 

Sincerely, 

Linda

Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH

Dean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health
Mailman School of Public Health
Senior Vice President
Columbia University Medical Center
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine