Vice Provost for Administration and Operations
As the vice provost for administration and operations, Lisa Rhiney is responsible for the annual budgeting process for academic units, the financial components of hiring, execution of strategic initiatives, and providing financial analytical support to the provost, vice provosts, deans, and directors in the academy. She also works with various stakeholders and project teams across the university in support of the strategic plan.
Prior to her employment at Baylor, Lisa Rhiney served in a similar role as associate provost for business and financial affairs at the University of Alabama, where she provided administrative leadership in budget development, forecasting, and strategic planning for areas reporting to the divisions of academic affairs, research, student affairs, advancement, strategic communication, and the Office of the President.
She earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Alabama and began her career in higher education in 1989 at the University of Alabama. By 1993, she was serving as an accountant with the university's Office of Contracts and Grants, where she managed more than 200 accounts with budgets exceeding $20 million. She later served for more than a decade as director of financial affairs in the university's College of Engineering, overseeing the fiscal operations of eight academic departments, five service centers, and multiple research centers. In 2007, she joined the university's Office of Academic Affairs as business administrator, where she was responsible for day-to-day administrative activities, including developing and monitoring budgets for all academic divisions and programs and providing allocation of resources.
She is a member of several professional organizations and taught a senior-level accounting course in governmental and non-profit accounting at the University of Alabama. She has been honored with the McKinley Employee Award for her contributions to the University of Alabama's mission of teaching, research, and service, as well as the Crimson Spirit Award, which recognizes employees who make the university an exceptional place to work and learn.