Susan Calandra, Stanford’s head of finance, to retire

After a 25-year career at Stanford, SUSAN CALANDRA, senior associate vice president for finance, will retire later this year.

Susan Calandra
Susan Calandra

Calandra leads the Financial Management Services organization, which includes the Office of the Treasurer, Procurement, the Controller’s Office, Global Business Services, and Financial Management Consulting and Support.

After joining Stanford as associate controller in August 1993, Calandra served as controller from 1995 until 2009, when she accepted the role of interim chief financial officer of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. She assumed her current post in August 2010. She is the chair of the Finance & Audit Committee of the Board of Overseers of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Susan throughout my 17 years at Stanford, both in her role as controller and later as senior associate vice president for finance,” said RANDY LIVINGSTON, vice president of business affairs and chief financial officer at Stanford.

“Over her 25 years, Susan has consistently sought to strike the balance between customer-oriented service and compliance.”

Livingston said Calandra’s tenure was notable for many accomplishments, including:

  • Leading numerous initiatives that improve financial management at Stanford, including implementation of Oracle Financials, redesign of the endowment payout process, creation of quarterly financial reports, and Evolve Financial Reporting, a multi-year transformation of financial reporting.
  • Creating the Global Business Services Group, which provides business operations infrastructure support and services in more than 125 countries.
  • Forming a business process group, which has led more than 70 process improvement projects across a number of administrative units.
  • Elevating support for the campus community by founding the Financial Support Center, and launching the Gateway for Financial Activities “Fingate” website, which collected, for the first time, financial management information specific for faculty, staff, students/parents and suppliers in one place.

A celebration honoring Calandra’s service to Stanford will be announced at a future date.