The Division of Financial Affairs (DFA) is led by Associate Vice President and University Controller William Sibert. Reporting to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Joanne M. DeStefano, Mr. Sibert oversees the functions of the university controller, financial information services, payroll, the university business service center, sponsored finance, procurement, university tax, and division communications. DFA provides central financial functions in support of the university’s academic mission.
Mr. Sibert came to Cornell as the university’s controller in May 2017, and assumed his role as associate vice president and university controller in January 2019. He has served as vice president for finance and controller for MPI Research in Michigan and as chief operating and financial officer of a startup technology firm, Priva Technologies, in California. A former U.S. Marine Corps Captain with a Master of Science degree in accountancy, Sibert brings to the position valuable experiences in industry and his advocacy for building a culture of excellence wherever he leads.