Ron Lau, EdD, MBA

Ron Lau, EdD, MBA
Finance & Investment
18104 Amie Avenue Torrance, CA 90504 Home: (310) 542-4902 Work: (310) 206-2629

Career Objective

Senior financial or administrative position in higher education

Skills

Ability to develop effective administrative and financial systems. Experienced in strategic planning, financial management, human resource management, procurement, treasury, budgets, audit, tax, internal affairs, grants administration, student services, collective bargaining, information systems, risk management, commercial operations, plant, construction, and facilities. Experience with shared governance, TQM, and balanced scorecard quality improvement. Experienced in accreditation. Excellent organization, communication, and leadership skills.

Experience

Chief Administrative Officer

UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Responsible for all nonacademic operations of the Department including budget, payroll, personnel, human resources, plant, laboratories, risk management, space allocation, building renovations, grant administration, administrative services, student services, information systems, stores, business services, procurement, and receiving.

2007

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Responsible for the business activities of the University Chair of Ethics and Leadership Strategic Planning Committee. Member of the President’s Executive Council.

Financial, human resources, and administrative systems. Internal controls. Risk and safety. Developed systems for reporting and performance measures. Developed financial policies and procedures. Master planning, construction, legal, grants, procurement, and audit. Member University collective bargaining team. Worked closely with the Faculty and Academic Senate on planning, resource allocation, faculty contracts, accreditation, administrative policies and procedures. Worked closely with Development on communication and fund raising.

1999

Senior Administrative Director

USC School of Gerontology and The Andrus Center

Responsible for the administrative operations of the school and research center. Budget, business services, payroll, personnel, information technology, space allocation, legal and facilities. Worked closely with Faculty and committees on development, resource allocation, space, grants administration, and staff support. Developed financial and other performance reports.

1997

Associate Provost for Business and Operations

California School of Professional Psychology

Responsible for budget, planning, human resources, information systems, grant administration, business services, legal affairs, financial reporting, capital budgets, and operations.

Revised administrative policies and procedures resulting in improved operations and reduced costs. Negotiated and directed campus re-location, meeting timelines and budgets. Developed information systems master plan. Managed financial aid and library operation.

1989
Chief Financial Officer Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Los Angeles Responsible for operations and financial management, including budgets, planning, information systems, purchasing, grants administration, treasury, fixed assets, risk management, payroll, personnel, facilities, and legal. Provided support to Development. Established cash management program increasing investment income 200%. Developed direct mail campaign. Developed strategic plans. Established procurement policies and programs. Developed staff training programs in financial management. Computerized manual accounting systems. 1987

Controller and Chief Financial Officer

CSULA AUXILIARY SERVICES ENTERPRISE

Directed business affairs, audit, and information technology. Staffed foundation boards. Directed administrative support functions to Foundation, Associated Students, Student Union, athletics, child care, grants and contracts, housing, bookstore, food service, vending, and property management. Developed crises response plan. Negotiated outsource agreements for bookstore and food services.

1986

Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

SONIC AIR COURIER

Responsible for the management of company operations. Responsible for strategic planning, budget, cash flow, investments, audit and multiple branch operations. Directed transportation and warehousing.

Managed customer service, telemarketing. Conducted board presentations. Major accomplishments include the negotiation and consolidation of acquisitions.

Developed profit center budgeting. Developed job cost tracking systems. Revised collection programs reducing bad debts 50%. Developed team incentives. Established cash management systems. Built an internal vehicle maintenance program. Reduced office supplies expense 40%. Developed financial reporting systems.

1980

Senior Management Analyst

GREAT WESTERN FINANCIAL CORPORATION

Coordinated the external audits and reports. Performed internal audit and analysis. Prepared management reports for REO, joint ventures, loans, and the savings division. Revised corporate accounting policy manuals. Supervised bank reconciliation and accounts payable departments.

1977

Senior Financial Manager

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Managed bookstore, cafeteria and vending operations. Internal audit and budget. Revised accounting manuals. Established cash controls. Prepared financial statements.

1975

Assistant Manager

DENNIS UNIFORM MANUFACTURING COMPANY

Managed daily operations, retail and warehouse. Business planning. Hiring, training and firing of staff. Sales and tax reports. Managed shipping and receiving. Profit and loss responsibilities.

1969

EDUCATION

2003 PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY, Malibu, California
EdD, Institutional Leadership

1984 MANAGEMENT ACTION PROGRAMS, Sherman Oaks, California
Organization Management Certificate Program

1981 USC, Los Angeles, California
MBA, Finance

1977 CSULA, Los Angeles, California
California Teaching Certification, Business Administration

1975 UCLA, Los Angeles, California
BA, Economics

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

2007 Member, Board of Regents
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES,
Whittier, California

2007 Member, Interim Report Committee
WASC, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

2002 Accreditation Team Site Evaluator
WASC, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

1996 Member, Trustee Education and Development Committee
ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICERS
California Community Colleges

1991 Member, Board of Directors
EMPEROR’S COLLEGE OF TRADITIONAL ORIENTAL MEDICINE
Santa Monica, California

1986 Memberships
NACUBO, WACUBO

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Adjunct Professor 2004
SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
School of Human Services

Instructor 2002
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LOS ANGELES
College of Business and Economics

Instructor 2002
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LONG BEACH
College of Business Administration

Instructor 2001
CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
College of Allied Health

Instructor 1999
UCLA Extension
Department of Business and Management

Adjunct Faculty 1998
WOODBURY UNIVERSITY
Business and Management

Instructor 1998
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
Business and Management

Instructor 1987
AMERICAN BUSINESS INSTITUTE
Business

Teacher 1977
LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Secondary Education, Business

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