NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University officials announced the appointment of Martin Hanifin ’86 as vice president of finance and chief financial officer effective early March 2021.

Hanifin was raised in Vermont and served on the Norwich University Board of Fellows from 2011 until 2017. He graduated summa cum laude from Norwich University in May 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in government. He holds a Master of Arts in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a juris doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

As a Norwich undergraduate, Hanifin was the class valedictorian, a National Endowment for the Humanities undergraduate fellow, and a member of the Corps of Cadets in the Regimental Band Company. During his years at Norwich, he was awarded the Hassett Prize in Government and the Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Prize.

As a Norwich undergraduate, Martin Hanifin was the class valedictorian, a National Endowment for the Humanities undergraduate fellow, and a member of the Corps of Cadets in the Regimental Band Company.

Hanifin joins Norwich with extensive higher education experience, overseeing finance and operations for several colleges and universities across the country. He continues to serve as an accreditation peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Before joining higher education, he held similar finance and administration positions in Vermont state government. He has additional years of legislative and political experience, having served on the staffs of Vermont governors Madeleine Kunin and Howard Dean, and a fiscal analyst for the Oklahoma Senate. He is an attorney and veteran, having served in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

“We have selected an exceptional leader whose intellect, experience, and values will inspire our university to reach even greater levels of excellence in its third century of service to our nation and the world,” President Mark C. Anarumo said.

The search process was an extensive and thorough national search begun when current Chief Financial Officer Lauren Wobby announced her impending retirement after 11 years.

“It is wonderful to come home to Norwich and home to Vermont,” Hanifin said. “I can think of no institution that better combines classic mind-body-spirit education with active learning and character development. In these unprecedented times, I know the Norwich spirit is strong and will lead the way. The Norwich family is so very special. I look forward to joining President Anarumo and the Norwich community.”

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