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Patrick D. Cavanaugh

Vice President, Business and Finance

Phone: 209.946.2345
Fax: 209.946.2203
Email: Patrick Cavanaugh



At Pacific Since

J.D., University of Iowa School of Law, 1972
M.B.A ., Drake University, 1978
B.A., Mathematics, Grinnell College, 1969
Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1983

After serving as a state attorney in matters relating to public utilities for Iowa’s Commerce Commission, Vice President Cavanaugh held a series of senior management positions in Iowa’s State Government, including Deputy Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Human Services, Director of the Iowa Beer and Liquor Control Department, and Director of the Iowa Department of Commerce. Also, from 1986 to 1990, he was Director of Iowa’s Department of Management and served as Governor Terry Branstad’s Budget Director and Chief Financial Officer. In November 1990, he was named Vice President for Business and Finance at Drake University, where he served until joining Pacific in 1997.

Key Areas of Responsibility
As Pacific’s Chief Business Officer, Vice President Cavanaugh directs and coordinates the administrative and financial functions of the University, including treasury management, accounting and purchasing, physical plant and support services, human resources and payroll, budget and risk management, internal audit, enterprise business assessment and reporting, campus planning, and facility projects’ financing, design and construction.

Awards and Special Recognition
Recipient of Alumni Association's Medal of Distinction, Dugoni School of Dentistry, 2007
Recipient of Judith Chambers Excellence in Student Life Award, 2001
Recipient of the Outstanding M.P.A. Lecturer Award, Drake University, 1988

Professional Memberships
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), 1996-current
NACUBO President’s Council of Comprehensive Colleges and Universities, 1996-1998
NACUBO’s Special Ad Hoc Committee on College Costs, 2001-2002
Western Association of College and University Business Officers, 1997-current
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accreditation Review Teams, 1997-current
Secretary, Board of Directors, Stockton Arts Foundation, 2006-2007
Member, Iowa State Bar Association, Inactive Status