W. Arnold Yasinski to Head Up Financial Affairs at Willamette

Willamette University is pleased to announce the appointment of W. Arnold Yasinski as vice president for Financial Affairs and treasurer, effective Aug. 1. Yasinski currently serves as executive vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

He brings more than three decades of experience in business and higher education to Willamette.
"Arnie emerged from a very talented national pool of candidates as someone of extraordinary financial leadership, strategic thinking and familiarity with liberal arts education," Willamette President M. Lee Pelton said. "He combines sophisticated financial management at two highly respected institutions of higher learning with substantive experience in business. In addition, his strong financial background is complemented by his personal passion for sustainability and civic engagement - two core values of Willamette."

Yasinski received a BA (1970) and PhD (1978) in English from Indiana University and an MBA (1980) in finance from the University of Michigan Business School.
After several years in business finance, strategy and marketing at DuPont, he was appointed in 1990 as vice president for Administration at Colby College, a position he held for 15 years (1990-2005). He worked closely with the president, board of trustees, vice president for Academic Affairs and others on strategic and management issues, while being responsible for all financial affairs, human resources, information technology, facilities, dining services, institutional research and summer programs.
At Colby he also held an honorary appointment as professor of English and taught courses in late 19th- and 20th-century American and British literature, a renewal of his academic interests begun at Mercy College of Detroit, where he was an adjunct assistant professor before he entered the world of business. 
In 2005 Yasinski accepted an appointment as executive vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer at RISD, which has earned a worldwide reputation as the preeminent art and design college in the U.S. Founded in 1877 in Providence, R.I., the school is a vibrant community of artists and designers that includes 2,300 students from around the world, more than 350 faculty and curators, and more than 400 staff members. Degree programs are offered in the fine arts, architecture, design disciplines and art education. The institution includes the RISD Museum of Art, a world-class collection of art from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and objects from all periods from Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as the latest in contemporary art.
At RISD Yasinski oversaw financial affairs, human resources, facilities, information technology, general counsel and legal affairs, campus and workplace safety, public safety, dining and retail outlets, and rental properties.
Yasinski is also a published poet who has taught and continues to write and publish poetic works.