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Gardner-Webb President Names New Vice President of Finance and Administration

Tim Shuey

After National Search, Tim Shuey will Begin His Duties at GWU on June 1

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—After a national search conducted by Buffkin/Baker, Gardner-Webb University President Dr. William M. Downs has named Tim Shuey as vice president for Finance and Administration, effective June 1. Shuey comes to GWU from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, where he was the financial officer for the College of Engineering.

“We’re excited to get Tim Shuey to campus and to have him begin this new, majorly important role for our University,” stated Downs. “Tim is all in. He’ll bring energy, fresh ideas, and a career full of experience to the various tasks that lie before us. He understands that Gardner-Webb can’t and won’t cut its way to the future; instead, we have to be innovative and entrepreneurial in ways that help us expand rather than contract. Glad to have Tim on the team!”

In his new role at Gardner-Webb, Shuey will report directly to the president and lead a team charged with realizing the finance and administration goals articulated in the University’s Strategic Plan. Shuey will also provide leadership and overall management of the Division of Finance and Administration, which includes the following units: Accounts Payable, Campus Post Office, Campus Shop, Human Resources, Payroll, Student Accounts, Technology Services, and Plant Operations.

Tim Shuey

Shuey, a Penn State alumnus, has worked for his alma mater since 1999. In his most recent role, he reported to the Office of the Corporate Controller and the Dean of the College of Engineering. He was responsible for all accounting and financial aspects of the College of Engineering, which included 13 departments with degree programs, four institutes, over 100 operational and research budgets, and annual fiscal resources of over $152 million in operational and $117 million in research support. He supervised 12 full-time team members and their responsibilities, which included all aspects of the financial activities and reporting, budgetary review, recommendations for financial commitments, and strategic planning and review.

Although his journey with Gardner-Webb is just beginning, Shuey stated the University already feels like home. “I am honored and extremely enthusiastic to have the opportunity to serve as the next vice president of Finance and Administration for Gardner-Webb,” he affirmed. “The most impressive characteristics that I immediately noticed were the tremendous amount of opportunity that exists within Gardner-Webb, our students, faculty, staff, and community and the values of the institution. I am very appreciative of our President, Dr. Downs, and the entire leadership team for their insights, perspectives, dedication, and mission as a world-renowned institution.”

He explained that his first initiative will be to listen and understand the institution, its strategic goals, and how Finance and Administration can assist in achieving and exceeding those expectations. “By cultivating new relationships, building a trusted alliance, and embracing an entrepreneurial spirit and collaboration, we will continue to grow and shape our institution,” he asserted.

Previously, Shuey served as the financial officer for Penn State Information Technology. In this role, he led a reorganization of the financial services team to increase efficiency and effectiveness. He also served as director of Business Services for Penn State Hospitality Services, responsible for all facets of accounting operations, financial reporting, information technology and quality assurance for the University’s inn, conference center and hotel and laundry services.  

Shuey has a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and a Master of Business Administration from Penn State. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Towson University in Maryland. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Maryland and is also certified by the Technology Business Management Council; Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation in IT Service Management; and Administrative Committee on Research (ACOR): ACOR Certification and Education Series.

He is affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Penn State Alumni Association and Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity.

He volunteers as the financial chair for Family Life of Penns Valley, a fellowship of families loving, serving, growing together in Christ based on Philippians 2:1-16. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Haven of Hope Global Ministries, a Christian organization dedicated to offering hope and initiating change in impoverished communities. The ministry works with partners in Pennsylvania, Zambia and Uganda.

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