Alumnus Daryl W. Bert Named New VP of Finance

Daryl W. Bert, new vice president for finance
Daryl W. Bert, new vice president for finance

An EMU alumnus will become the new vice president for finance at his alma mater, beginning Apr. 15, 2010.

Daryl W. Bert, currently of Pflugerville, Tex., will succeed Ronald E. Piper, who is retiring after serving 24 years in the role at EMU. Bert is a 1997 EMU graduate with a BS degree in accounting.

The appointment, a president’s cabinet-level position, was announced by Dr. Fred Kniss, EMU provost.

“Daryl brings strong management, finance and accounting experience to this position,” Dr. Kniss said. “He is deeply committed to the mission and vision of EMU and has demonstrated those values in church and community service in Austin. We believe he will be a strong member of EMU’s leadership team,” he added.

The vice president for finance is the chief financial officer responsible for the development and final preparation of the annual operating and capital budgets, assures financial compliance, establishes internal control policies and procedures, provides strategic information concerning finances and represents the institution in external business transactions.

He oversees and is responsible for the business, human resources, physical plant, financial assistance and auxiliary services departments.

Bert brings more than 10 years of accounting and finance experience to his new position at EMU. He has more than seven years tenure in roles of growing responsibility with Dell Computer Corporation, most recently as finance senior consultant, where he provided pricing consultation and approvals for large corporate accounts in the Central Region, representing some $500 million in annual revenue.

While at EMU he was a standout on the EMU men’s volleyball team, 1994-97, setting several school records in the sport, and was inducted into the Hall of Honor in 1998.

After graduating from EMU, Bert earned a certified public accountant (CPA) license and completed a master of business administration degree with a concentration in finance from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.

He served as treasurer and board member of the Ten Thousand Villages’ Austin location from its inception until 2008. He is treasurer of Austin Mennonite Church, where he is a member.

Bert is married to Carrie Stambaugh Bert, a 1997 EMU alumna. She does after-school tutoring and supervises student teachers at the University of Texas. The couple has three children – Evan, 6; Davis, 3; and Maren, 6 months.