Hinkle Chosen as Next VPAF at Arkansas Tech

Arkansas Tech University has selected Bernadette Hinkle as its next vice president for administration and finance.

Hinkle, who will take office on July 5, 2016, will serve as the chief financial officer for Arkansas Tech with primary responsibility for all financial-related activities of the university.

Her areas of oversight will include accounting, financial control, procurement, facilities management, human resources, financial aid, student accounts, budgets, payroll, construction, bookstore, food services and residence hall facility maintenance.

Hinkle has served as associate vice president for finance, budget and business services at West Chester University of Pennsylvania since 2011.

There, she has provided strategic leadership for a $290 million annual budget while overseeing accounting, budget, bursar, business systems reporting, cash management, endowment and scholarship management, plant funds, fixed assets, business services, construction contracting, procurement, grant management and campus postal services.

Prior to her tenure at West Chester, Hinkle worked in the University of Arkansas system for 15 years. She started as associate director of internal audit in 1995 and progressed to serve as director of financial reporting and associate vice president for finance over the next five years. From 2000-10, Hinkle was chief financial officer for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service.

“Through her previous professional experiences, Ms. Hinkle has demonstrated the level of expertise and stewardship necessary to lead the financial operations of Arkansas Tech University,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, president of Arkansas Tech. “Our institution will benefit from her extensive background in and knowledge of the State of Arkansas. We look forward to welcoming her to our executive council, our university and our community.”

A Certified Public Accountant, Hinkle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She earned a Master of Business Administration degree and completed doctoral courses in higher education administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Hinkle will succeed David Moseley, who will retire after 22 years as vice president for administration and finance at Arkansas Tech on June 30, 2016.

“We are thankful for Mr. Moseley’s steadfast leadership for more than two decades and the many improvements that were brought about for Arkansas Tech students because of his efforts,” said Bowen.