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McNally Smith Hires Chief Financial Officer Jakki Edwards

Edwards brings 20+ years of financial management experience, including 9 years in higher education sector to McNally Smith College of Music.

It’s no secret that these are trying economic times for institutions of higher education. Thankfully for the students, faculty and employees of McNally Smith College of Music, finances remain strong as the school nears the end of its third decade of service. Steering the course for an even brighter future, the leading music college recently brought aboard seasoned Chief Financial Officer Jakki Edwards — a move that will help ensure continued strong financial health amidst the challenging economic climate.

Edwards comes to McNally Smith with over 20 years of financial management experience, nine of which were spent in the higher education sector. Most recently, she served as the Director of Finance and Operations at Ampere!, an association management company, where she was responsible for the financial management, reporting and leadership of over 25 nonprofit organizations. Prior to that, Edwards spent nearly a decade with The Art Institutes as Director of Administrative and Financial Services. In this role, she served as CFO for the Minneapolis and Seattle campuses.

“We’re thrilled to have Jakki on our team,” says McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers. “She not only has extraordinary insight and expertise in financial matters, but she understands the college’s mission, vision, and values, and puts these at the heart of her decision making. It is rare to find a person with such a comprehensive skill set in business and management who is also fiercely committed to the core issues of education, creativity, and the arts.”

“I am excited to join this wonderful, leading music college despite the challenges that face our students and families and a slow-growth national economy,” Edwards adds. “However, our Spring Semester enrollment is healthy and our revenue forecasts for 2013 are within less than 0.5% of our budget for the year,” says Edwards. “We’re confident that with continued consistent management and oversight we will achieve our budgeted goals for 2013.”

Since arriving at McNally Smith, Edwards has already been busy identifying operating efficiencies that will help bolster the bottom line for students and their ability to receive the best music education in the country.

Early results have been music to everyone’s ears at McNally Smith.