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Administrative Organizations

The Business Affairs organization is led by Randy Livingston, Vice President for Business Affairs, Chief Financial Officer and University liaison for Stanford Medicine. Randy reports to Stanford's President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

Business Affairs includes many of the administrative organizations that support Stanford's academic mission including: Office of Research Administration, Financial Management Services (Controller's Office, Treasurer's Office, Purchasing & Payment Services, Global Services, and Financial Management Consulting & Services), University IT (Administrative Systems, Information Technology, Information Security Office and Shared Services), Office of the Chief Risk Officer (Internal Audit Services, Compliance & Ethics, Enterprise Risk Management, Privacy and Risk Management), Business Development, and Human Resources for Business Affairs.

The Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer coordinates activities, people, facilities and finance for the entire Business Affairs organization.  In addition to the VP & CFO, it includes the AVP for Business Development, the AVP for Business Affairs Finance and Facilities and a Senior Financial Analyst.

Financial Management Services

Financial Management Services (FMS) consists of five primary organizations: Controller's Office, Office of the Treasurer, Procurement, Global Business Services, and Financial Management Consulting & Support. FMS provides financial services and support to Stanford's distributed communities including university faculty, staff, students, parents, alumni, investors and bondholders, donors, and suppliers.

University IT

University IT (UIT) is a collaborative partnership of the four IT units within Stanford’s Business Affairs organization, all dedicated to delivering world-class service and technological solutions in support of research, teaching and learning, administration, and healthcare.

Office of Research Administration

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides an array of services for sponsored projects administration at Stanford University. ORA collaborates with multiple central and school partner groups to help deliver effective research administration services, systems, policies, and processes. The premier function of ORA is to ensure Stanford is fully compliant with sponsor terms and conditions, University policies, and federal regulations and requirements.

Office of the Chief Risk Officer (OCRO)

The Office of the Chief Risk Officer (OCRO) strives to be a valued partner and advisor to management, faculty, and the Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee of the Board of Trustees.

VP Business Affairs & CFO Office

The Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer coordinates activities, people, facilities and finance for the entire Business Affairs organization. In addition to the VP & CFO, it includes the AVP for Business Development, the AVP for Business Affairs Finance and Facilities and a Senior Financial Analyst.

Human Resources for Business Affairs

The Human Resource team for Business Affairs is responsible for providing strategic HR guidance and consulting for the staff, management and leadership within the Business Affairs organization. The HR team supports a high-performance culture that emphasizes the following; Achieving excellence in all that we do, Expecting the highest levels of integrity, Supporting lifelong learning, Promoting open, honest communications and a respectful workplace, Championing diversity in all of its many forms, Driving for quality results, and Supporting the mission and values of Stanford University

VP Business Affairs & CFO Office – Business Development

Business Development evaluates and implements new business opportunities presented to the University, evaluates investment opportunities for the President’s Venture Fund, manages the policies governing use of the Stanford's name and trademarks, and completes the strategic assessment of business issues facing the University on behalf of the Vice President of Business Affairs.

VP Business Affairs & CFO Office – Finance and Facilities

Assistant Vice President Noel Hirst manages the finance and facilities for Business Affairs. Budget Officers in Business Affairs have a dotted line or direct reporting relationship to Noel. She is responsible for developing, coordinating, managing, and reporting consolidated Business Affairs budgets and financial results to the University Budget Office and the Controller’s Office. Noel also manages Business Affairs facilities including oversight of capital and space planning, renovations, space allocation and costing for all departments. As part of her facilities role she oversees facilities management at the Porter Drive Campus. The 3145 & 3160 Porter Drive Operations and Building Manager and the team of receptionists report to Noel. Noel is also the Department Operations Center Emergency Coordinator for the non-IT areas in Business Affairs.