by Abbie Leland
Process consistency, balanced with flexibility can improve efficiency and effectiveness, as outlined in one of the principles included in the Division of Finance and Administration’s Framework for Success initiative. And the work done by Financial Services is a great example of how this DFA Framework for Success principle is brought to life on a daily basis.
As part of University Facilities, Infrastructure and Operations, the Financial Services team manages the finances and processes payments for the university’s capital construction projects, real property acquisitions and facilities management.
Diane McGill, a fiscal coordinator II with the team, has served in a variety of finance-focused roles since she started working at Oregon State University in August 2000. She joined UFIO in 2011. Throughout her career, McGill has developed an interest in capital projects.
“OSU has offered me many opportunities for growth,” she said.
In her current role, McGill enjoys working with her team to support the project and construction managers on the Project Delivery team at the funding and reporting level. The Financial Services team has played an important role in UFIO’s focus in providing better customer service to internal and external partnerships within UFIO, the Corvallis and Cascades campuses, and in Newport and Portland.
“It is very exciting to continue building those working relationships. After all, we are a team, and it takes all of us working together to benefit the university for our students,” McGill said. She gave a special shout out to her team members, adding that each individual has a very important role to keep the bills and contractors paid, reconciling project funding and submitting state reimbursement requests to keep bond cash flowing. She added that the team is more efficient with the help of “awesome” student employees and that Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting Stephanie Harvey, who provides the team with excellent guidance through her leadership.
“I hope you can tell I love my job and everyone I work with,” McGill said.