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Cuba Plain, assistant vice president for budget planning and development at the University of Missouri System, has been named interim vice chancellor for finance and operations at Missouri S&T. She succeeds Walt Branson, vice chancellor for finance and operations since August 2013, who will become vice president for finance and operations and chief business officer at Wright State University on Sept. 11. Plain begins her position at Missouri S&T on Sept. 18, 2017.
“Cuba brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge to Missouri S&T thanks to her extensive experience at the UM System,” says Dr. Christopher G. Maples, Missouri S&T interim chancellor. “I look forward to having Cuba join our leadership team.”
A member of the UM System staff since 1982, her duties as assistant vice president for budget planning and development involve working with the Coordinating Board for Higher Education and the Missouri legislature to prepare funding requests for operations; providing budget guidance and support to Missouri S&T and the other UM System campuses in Columbia, Kansas City and St. Louis; and working with campus budget and accounting offices as well as the UM System controller’s and academic affairs offices.
Plain holds a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and accounting from Oklahoma State University and a master of business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is a certified public accountant and previously was employed at the accounting firm Williams Keepers LLC (formerly Williams, Keepers, Oliver, Payne and Rackers). She is a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and the Central Association of College and University Business Officers (CACUBO).