PUEBLO – An individual with significant experience in state finance and administration has been named the new Vice President for Finance and Administration (VPFA) at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
Karl Spiecker, chief financial officer and director of finance and administration for the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) since 2007, will begin his duties as VPFA on Jan. 2, 2014. CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare said with the departure of current VPFA Marty Hanifin on Dec. 31 and given the difficult budgetary challenges ahead for the university, it was imperative that no time was lost in the leadership transition. For that reason, Spiecker was hired as a direct appointment after consultation with CSU System Chancellor Michael Martin.
With the DOC, Spiecker was one of four individuals on the leadership team who reported directly to the executive director of DOC. He oversaw an operating budget of $741 million and managed 400 full-time employees. His duties included budget preparation and implementation, policy development, controller, contracts, purchasing, warehouse operations, accounts payable and accounts receivable, payroll, risk management, human resources, and public information.
From 1998-2007, Spiecker was the chief legislative analyst for the Colorado General Assembly, Joint Budget Committee. In that capacity, he prepared documentation on the Colorado state budget for all decision makers in the process, including analysis of appropriateness of base funding levels, assessment of requests for new funding, and estimated fiscal impact of proposed legislation. As part of his duties, he provided staff support both to the House Appropriations and Senate Appropriations Committees. He was the lead analyst responsible for coordinating the calendar of bills to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Karl’s knowledge of state finance and administration is extensive and his experience working with the Joint Budget Committee will provide valuable insight into future funding processes at the state level,” said CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare. “I am confident that with Karl’s leadership, we will not only successfully address our upcoming budgetary issues, but will also lay the foundation for an efficient and stable finance and administration process at CSU-Pueblo.”
He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Colorado, and master’s degrees in natural resource policy and public policy, both from the University of Michigan.