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Division of Finance and Administration 

Please note that this Division does not include Student Financial Assistance. If you have questions about Financial Aid regarding scholarships and grants, please contact Student Financial Assistance.

Student Financial Assistance - Phone:  (270) 745-2755 or (270) 745-2756 or email:

Finance and Administration Mission Statement

 Promoting EXCELLENCE, Delivering SERVICE


Finance and Administration Division provides essential services in support of WKU’s student-centered vision and mission.  We strive for excellence in our daily operations and are committed to enhancing the experience of those we serve and employ.  Our commitment is reflected in our core values:


  • Maintain a high level of  respect, ethics, and integrity in all aspects of our operations;
  • Support a culture of healthy living, safety and well-being;
  • Ensure financial stewardship and regulatory compliance at the highest level of accountability;
  • Provide a supportive, inclusive and engaging team-oriented work environment;
  • Identify innovative solutions that enhance services in an efficient and cost effective manner; and 
  • Communicate openly and proactively to successfully meet the challenges of the future. 

Ann Mead

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration 


Ms. K. Ann Mead, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration and Treasurer has been with the University since 1994, also serving as Director of Budget and Management Information, Director of Institutional Research, Assistant to the President for Economic Development, and as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Mead has served as a part-time faculty member since 2007.

Ms. Mead's duties include overseeing the financial operations of the University and the Division of Finance & Administration which includes approximately 100 employees and serving as a liaison with the community and state government on financial matters.  Departments reporting to the Senior Vice President include Budget, Human Resources, Chief Financial Officer and Internal Audit. The Chief Financial Officer oversees the following departments: Accounting, Bursar, Payroll, Purchasing and Accounts Payable (including Inventory Control and Shipping and Receiving), Travel, and Tax Compliance.

In addition, the Division of Finance and Administration includes Property Acquisitions and Leases, Postal Services, Passport Services, Parking and Transportation, and Auxiliary Services: Printing Services, ID Center, Restaurant & Catering, Vending Services, and The WKU Store.

Ms. Mead has a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Louisville and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky. Ms. Mead spent 10 years as Director of Finance with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and nine years at the University of Kentucky's Office of Planning and Budget. Current and past board service includes SPE II, Inc.; Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center, Inc.; Bowling Area Chamber of Commerce; CITE, Inc.; WKU Foundation; WKU Research Foundation; Barren River Area Development Council; and Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky.


 Departments reporting to the Senior Vice President include Budget, Human Resources, Chief Financial Officer, Internal Audit and Center for Research and Development.  The Chief Financial Officer oversees the following departments:  Accounting, Bursar (including the ID Center), Payroll, Purchasing and Accounts Payable (including Inventory Control and Shipping and Receiving), Travel, and Tax Compliance.  

The Assistant Vice President for Business and Auxiliary Services oversees Postal Services, Passport Services, Parking and Transportation, Printing Services, contract management (health services, dining and vending), and the WKU Store.  The Assistant Vice President for Resources Management takes the lead role in property acquisitions and dispositions.





Departments & Phone Numbers 

Accounting & Financial Reporting  (270) 745-5332

Accounts Payable  (270) 745-2247

Billings and Receivables   (270) 745-6381

Budget   (270) 745-6375

Business & Auxiliary Services  (270) 745-6558

Cashiers   (270) 745-5368

Center for Research & Development (CRD)
(270) 901-3490

Chief Financial Officer   (270) 745-2035

Grants and Contract Accounting   (270) 745-8882

Human Resources   (270) 745-5360

ID Center   (270) 745-2417

Internal Audit   (270) 745-4250

Insurance   (270) 745-5859

Inventory Control   (270) 745-7017

Parking and Transportation  (270) 745-2361

Passport Services  (270) 745-4658

Payroll   (270) 745-5365

Perkins Loan   (270) 745-2986

Post Office   (270) 745-3093

Print Center  (270) 745-2708

Purchasing   (270) 745-3056

Resources Management  (270) 745-3931

Restaurant and Catering  (270) 745-2416

Shipping and Receiving   (270) 745-4262

Tax Compliance   (270) 745-5859

The WKU Store  (270) 745-2466

Travel   (270) 745-5327

Vending Services  (270) 745-8757


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