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.
Patricia A. Johnson began her employment at Cornell University in January 1995 as the assistant treasurer, and has served as treasurer since 1999. In addition, Pat served as interim chief investment officer in 2006. In 2007 she was designated Associate Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, her current title. She is responsible for the university’s debt, the University Policy Office, bank relations, Cash Management, Bursar, Plant Accounting, and Investment Accounting. She is also the treasurer for the Cornell Research Foundation and the Cornell Club of New York, and she serves on several boards of corporate and nonprofit organizations in the Ithaca area.
Previously, Pat was the investment officer for the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and in internal audit, and the manager of cash administration for the Mead Corporation. She also has banking experience with Wachovia Bank and Bank of America. Pat graduated with a B.A. in psychology and an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance, both from the University of Virginia.