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Ron Lau, EdD, MBA

Ron Lau, EdD, MBA
Member - Audit, Risk & Compliance | Member - Business & Infrastructure
18104 Amie Avenue Torrance, CA 90504 Home: (310) 542-4902 Work: (310) 206-2629

Career Objective

Senior financial or administrative position in higher education


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.


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 OfficerCatholic 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


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


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


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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