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About the Treasurer

Our mission is to support the university's missions of research, teaching, and outreach by providing proper stewardship of its assets.

We achieve this mission by promoting efficiencies and proper accounting practices, securing capital, educating the Cornell community on best practices for banking and risk needs, and developing clear, concise, and strong institutional policies.

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Harper Watters, Associate Vice President and University Treasurer
Associate Vice President and University Treasurer

Harper Watters joined Cornell University as assistant treasurer in October 2011, and assumed his current position of Associate Vice President and University Treasurer in April 2014. Harper is responsible for the areas of Cash Management, Debt, Investment Accounting, University Bursar, the University Policy Office, and Division of Financial Affairs Communication.

Before coming to Cornell, Harper was a vice president for Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Higher Education Public Finance Group, where his clients included public and private colleges and universities from across the country. Harper also has worked in higher education banking for UBS and PNC Capital Markets.

Harper holds an M.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Harper holds a Certified Treasury Professional designation.