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Kim Banks

Senior Assistant Vice President for Budget Planning and Analysis

Kim joined the A&F division in September 2022 and serves as senior vice president for budget planning and analysis. As a dual report to the Academic Affairs division’s provost and the Administration and Finance division’s chief financial officer, she effectively manages the university’s budget allocation and formulation process in collaboration with academic and administrative stakeholders across campus. Additionally, Kim and her team manage a large inventory of BOG and other external reports and create analyses and reports to support university executive decision making and planning. Kim has been instrumental in the implementation of UCF’s Adaptive Planning budgeting tool to support the university’s strategic allocation, monitoring and reporting efforts.

Prior to joining UCF, Kim had 17+ years of accounting, budgeting, and financial management experience in the public sector. This began with 7+ years of progressive financial analysis experience for Florida’s Executive Office of the Governor and Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Over the next 10 years she served as chief financial officer for the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida Department of Corrections, and Leon County Schools.

Kim graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s in computer information technology/liberal studies in 2003 and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida Institute of Technology in 2011. She also holds professional certifications in both government financial management and project management.

Maureen Binder

Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Maureen Binder has been UCF’s associate vice president and chief HR officer providing strategic leadership and oversight of all human resources functions since 2016. This includes overseeing HR compliance and policy development for the Administrative and Professional and University Support Personnel System employee pay groups; coordinating the annual performance measures and goal-setting process for the university’s president; and serving as the university’s chief negotiator for non-faculty bargaining units. She acts as liaison to the Academic Affairs division on matters of mutual concern and serves as the business owner for Workday’s Human Capital Management system.

Prior to joining UCF, Maureen was the associate vice president of university HR for the University of Illinois System. She has over 30 years of experience encompassing all facets of HR management, including policy development, compliance, compensation and benefits, labor and employee relations, learning and development, performance management, talent acquisition and recruitment, and succession planning.

In May 2023, Maureen was selected to serve a three-year term on the national board of directors of the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) effective July 1, 2023. She has been a member of CUPA-HR for more than 20 years, including two years on the CUPA-HR Illinois Chapter board and three years on the CUPA-HR Florida Chapter board. She has presented at CUPA-HR conferences.

In addition to her extensive HR experience, Maureen has a deep commitment to the HR profession and learning and development. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia and a MBA from the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.

Bert Francis

Assistant Vice President for Debt Management and University Treasurer

Bert serves as assistant vice president of debt management and university treasurer. Additionally, he is the Treasurer for the UCF Convocation Corporation, UCF Finance Corporation, and UCF Stadium Corporation direct support organizations (DSOs). He also serves as the President and Treasurer for Legacy Pointe at UCF, which is a university affiliated continuing care retirement community.

In total, Bert has 17+ years of GASB finance and accounting experience. He previously served as the controller for 4 of the university’s DSOs including the UCF Convocation Corporation, which manages a budget of over $30 million for the UCF Arena; the UCF Towers housing facilities, and surrounding retail areas; the UCF Stadium Corporation, which includes all financial activity relating to UCF’s Spectrum Stadium; the UCF Finance Corporation which is a corporation used to facilitate debt related transactions on behalf of the University; and Limbitless Solutions Inc., which primarily develops innovative 3D prosthetic limbs for children.

Bert graduated from UCF with a bachelor’s in business administration accounting major in 2005, a master’s degree in business administration in 2009, and obtained his Florida CPA license in 2013.

Lynn Gonzalez

Budget, Operations, and Strategic Initiatives

Since early 2023, Lynn has served as chief of operations for the Office of the SVP managing division budgets (Financial Affairs, Human Resources, Office of the SVP, and UCF Public Safety), communications, strategic planning, and training. She also provides direction, leadership, and oversight for division and university strategic initiatives/projects as needed based on 20 years prior academic administrative experience. This included 12 years of executive leadership experience reporting to two prior UCF provosts as assistant vice president (4 years) and associate vice president (8 years) managing academic budget analysis and planning, academic personnel (faculty and staff) administration and planning, and administrative space allocation and maintenance.

Coupled with her academic administrative experience, Lynn also gained valuable insights into UCF’s financial administrative operations based on 8 years of experience directing budget initiatives for the Financial Affairs office. During that time, she co-chaired a committee to design and implement a budget allocation process to support student success initiatives; served on committees to select and implement two university budget allocation models; authored, designed, and managed the content for the RCM budget model redesign initiative website; and developed a series of web courses to educate our campus community about the State and university’s budget allocation and financial processes, governance structure, and policies/procedures, including the anticipated timeline, benefits, and impact of the new RCM budget model.

Lynn is a proud graduate of UCF with bachelor’s in management information systems and minor in computer science, and a master’s in business administration.

Joel Levenson

Assistant Vice President, Tax, Payables, and Procurement

Joel is assistant vice president for tax, payables, and procurement. He serves as chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Tax Council, member of the Inter-Institutional Committee on Finance and Accounting Officers (ICOFA), Tax Sub-Committee, and the University Tax Peer Group. He is also a former member and co-chair of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Committee (IRSAC), a four-year appointment.

He is a Division of Finance employee since 2008, and a proud alumnus earning both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Taxation.

Carl Metzger

Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police

Carl Metzger serves as associate vice president of public safety and chief of the UCF Police Department. He also oversees UCF’s Department of Security and Emergency Management.

Carl is a law enforcement executive with more than 34 years experience, including four years as a UCF deputy chief. Prior to joining UCFPD, Metzger rose through the ranks of the Orlando Police Department, retiring in 2014 as the patrol services bureau commander. He started his career in 1989 as a patrol officer at OPD.

Metzger serves on the board of directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Orlando, Central Florida Cares, and the Center for Law Enforcement Technology, Training and Research.

An avid runner and biker, Metzger has completed 20 marathons, including the Marine Corps and Boston marathons. He’s completed the 250-mile Police Unity Tour bike ride three times, helping raise money for the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington.

Metzger holds a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Florida and a master’s in criminal justice from UCF.

Christy Tant

Assistant Vice President for DSO Accounting and Reporting

Christy has been a Financial Affairs team member for 13+ years holding several progressive leadership positions providing direction and oversight to all areas of accounting, budgeting, and reporting within the department. She currently oversees a team of seven who perform accounting and financial reporting for five of the university’s direct suport organizations (DSOs), including UCF Athletics Association, UCF Convocation Corporation, UCF Stadium Corporation, UCF Finance Corporation, and Limbitless Solutions, Inc. Prior to UCF, Christy was employed by Deloitte as a senior audit manager.

Christy graduated with a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Florida has been a licensed CPA since 1998.

Jonathan Varnell

Vice President for Administrative Operations

Jon Varnell serves as the vice president for administrative operations at UCF. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of facilities, including planning and construction, real estate, grounds and landscaping, housekeeping and recycling, utilities, and sustainability, which also includes UCF’s Arboretum.

In addition to facilities, Jon also oversees parking and transportation, and business services units such as licensing, surplus, postal services and the Print Shop, among others. This department also manages contracts with key partners such as Coca-Cola, Barnes & Noble, and Aramark.

Jon has 27 years of experience in higher education. Before joining UCF, he served as the associate vice chancellor for facilities management at UNC Charlotte and previously held leadership roles as Vice President for Administration at Valparaiso University and Guilford College. Jon has been an active participant in numerous industry associations and a key member of executive leadership teams at both public and private institutions.

Danta White

Senior Assistant Vice President and University Controller

Danta joined UCF in January 2020 and serves as senior assistant vice president and university controller. He is responsible for financial reporting and general accounting, including cash, investment, and asset management; student account services; and tax, payables, and procurement services. He also provides leadership and oversight for the Knights Experience Team (kNEXT) finance and human resources shared services center jointly with UCF’s Chief Human Resources Officer.

Danta has over 18 years of experience in financial reporting and auditing, most recently serving as chief of financial reporting for the Florida Department of Financials Services (DFS). While at DFS, he served on the executive steering committee for the Florida Planning, Accounting, and Ledger Management (PALM) project to replace the state’s accounting and cash management systems with an enterprise resource planning solution.

Danta holds bachelor’s degrees in both accounting and finance from Florida State University, and is a certified public account. He enjoys spending time with his family and playing basketball in his spare time.

Kathleen Winningham

Senior Director, Knights Experience Team (kNEXT)

Kathleen serves as the Senior Director of the Knights Experience Team (kNEXT), UCF’s shared services center. The team supports specific divisions including Administration and Finance, University Relations, Facilities and Business Services, and Public Safety, as well as providing oversight to select campus-wide transactional activities. As a dual report to the University’s Controller and the Chief Human Resource Officer, she is responsible for providing strategic shared services, implementing a culture of service excellence, driving continuous improvement, and understanding how to balance the user-experience with transactional accountabilities.

Prior to joining UCF in 2022, Kathleen spent 18+ years at the Walt Disney Company as a leader in employee onboarding and professional development for hourly, salaried, and executive audiences. In her role she had the opportunity to explore new galaxies, navigate jungles, fly on the back of a mountain banshee, and discover the magic of immersive storytelling. Preceding her experience at Disney, she spent 15 years within higher education at the University of Florida and Vanderbilt University, supporting admissions and marketing, student services, and academic administration.

Kathleen earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA from the University of Florida. She also holds professional certifications in executive coaching, post-crisis leadership, and full-stack web development.