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Joanne Coville named acting controller

STANFORD -- Joanne Coville, assistant controller for financial analysis information and reporting at Stanford, will take over as acting controller on Oct. 1, Chief Financial Officer Peter Van Etten announced Tuesday, Sept. 10.

She succeeds Frank Riddle, who is stepping aside to work on special projects for a year, after which he will retire.

Van Etten said he will launch a search for permanent controller in the near future.

"In the meantime, I am very confident that Joanne can provide strong leadership," he said.

Coville, 40, joined the university in March 1989 after a year as assistant treasurer at Mills College, where she was responsible for budget system redesign, devising a monthly financial management reporting system, and accounting for endowment, life income and annuity funds.

A certified public accountant, Coville spent 13 years with the international accounting firm Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, specializing in audits of higher education clients. She spent two years in the firm's New York City office on assignment to its national practice for higher education and nonprofits. She then managed the University of California systemwide audit for the firm.

At Stanford, Coville oversees a group that sets accounting policy, advises on internal accounting controls, provides financial analysis, and consults on prospective changes in accounting principles, tax law and other legislation. The group also coordinates the annual closing and reopening of accounts, the external audit process, and preparation of internal and external audit reports.

Coville earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University in 1972. She was a member of Stanford's Management Development Program last year.



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