EKU Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Announces Departure

Published on January 31, 2024

Eastern Kentucky University Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Barry Poynter announced plans to leave the university to pursue other opportunities in higher education finance. Poynter, a graduate of EKU’s MBA program, has served the university for nearly 19 years as associate vice president for financial affairs, interim vice president for financial affairs, vice president for finance and administration and treasurer, and since 2019, senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer. Poynter is responsible for the financial and overall fiscal operations of EKU, with an annual total operating budget of approximately $379 million, including external contracts and grants of more than $80 million per year. 

“Barry has elevated EKU into a position of fiscal strength and sustainability through his years of dedicated service to this university,” said EKU President David McFaddin. “I am grateful for the work he has done in ensuring we remain the School of Opportunity and wish him all the best as he pursues exciting new career endeavors.”

Poynter graduated from Berea College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management in 1988. His professional experience includes over 35 years in business and finance administration in higher education. Prior to joining EKU, Poynter was employed at Berea College for 17 years in various positions including associate controller, director of trust and investment administration and assistant vice president for finance. 

“Whether at EKU or Berea College, my entire professional career has centered around serving students from eastern Kentucky and our Appalachian region. I am grateful for the professional opportunities I have had here at EKU, and grateful to have worked and served alongside so many good and dedicated individuals who share this passion for serving students,” said Poynter. “I am pleased to have the ability to leave EKU with our financial portfolio in a strong and healthy position.”  

In his current position as EKU’s senior vice president for finance and administration, Poynter oversees budgeting, financial planning, accounting and reporting, procurement services, auxiliary services, facilities management and safety, information technology, and human resources. He also serves as treasurer for both the university and the EKU Foundation. Throughout his tenure at the university, he has shared his knowledge and skills with students, teaching a finance course in EKU’s College of Business. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and in 2011, he obtained Certified Auxiliary Services Professional (CASP) certification. 

Poynter will serve in his current capacity until June 30, 2024. A search for his replacement will begin immediately. Candidates interested in being considered for the position should apply at careers.eku.edu.