PennWest Administration and Finance Leadership Announced

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PennWest Administration and Finance Leadership Announced

Hynes currently is vice president for Finance and Administration at Edinboro University.
In his new role, which begins Nov. 8, 2021, he will oversee PennWest’s Contracts and
Administrative Services, Facilities Construction and Planning, Facilities Management,
Human Resources, and Strategic Enrollment Management departments.

Hynes went on to spend 16 years as a founding partner with Excidian, where he developed
and facilitated customized training programs for numerous Fortune 5000 companies,
including Exxon Mobil, Michelin Tire and Southern California Edison.

Hynes joined the Edinboro administration July 2020. Since then he has improved relations
with the Council of Trustees, safely increased the number of students in the residence
halls by 228% during the COVID-19 crisis, and instituted changes to align auxiliary
operations budgeting and accounting with Board of Governors’ policies.

In 2014, Hynes sold his portion of Excidian to join the Beaver Area School District
as director of Business Services. At Beaver, Hynes and his team successfully changed
the accounting software and procedures, food service contractor, transportation contractor,
custodial and maintenance labor agreement, capital structure and capital plan, resulting
in immediate improvements to the facilities and increasing the school district’s fund
balance by $1.7 million.

Story Highlights

  • John Hynes, of Oil City, Pa., has been named senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives
    and Administration for Pennsylvania Western University,* the new institution being
    formed through the integration of California, Clarion and Edinboro universities.

  • Hynes spent 15 years with Duquesne Light and Duquesne Enterprises, where his  experience
    spanned utility operations, training, marketing, accounting, corporate financial planning
    and analysis, budget preparation, financial modeling, capital project analysis, asset
    valuation, acquisitions, strategic planning, and staff selection, development and
    supervision. 

“Operating strategically and sustainably will be crucial to the success of PennWest
University,” said Dr. Dale Elizabeth Pehrsson, president of Clarion University and
interim president of Cal U and Edinboro. “John has a broad range of skills and a proven
track record of success that makes him ideal for this role. He is committed to making
positive changes that will support the success of our new university.”

Hynes holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University
of Pittsburgh, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned an MBA with distinction
from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and a graduate certificate
in accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Fawn Petrosky, a California graduate and CPA, begins her new role Nov. 8 Fawn Petrosky, of Brownsville, Pa., has been named vice president of Finance for Pennsylvania
Western University,* the new institution being formed through the integration of California,
Clarion and Edinboro universities.

A certified public accountant, Petrosky currently is interim vice president for Finance
and Administration at Cal U. In her new role, which begins Nov. 8, 2021, she will
oversee all financial areas within PennWest.
Petrosky began her career at Cal U in 1988 as a fiscal assistant in the Payroll Office
and was promoted to an accountant in 2003. During that time, she also held the special
role of internal auditor, reporting directly to the university president on the fiscal
appropriateness and compliance of internal university affairs. 

In 2009 she was named assistant vice president for Finance and a member of the President’s
Cabinet. She was promoted to associate vice president for Finance shortly thereafter.
In January 2021 Petrosky was named interim vice president for Administration and Finance
at Cal U, where she oversees the Accounting, Budget, Student Accounts, Human Resources,
Facilities, Information Technology, Public Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety
departments, as well as leading the preparation of the university’s budget and financial
statements.

“I am confident that Fawn has the right skills and experience to lead our new university’s
Finance Division,” said Dr. Dale Elizabeth Pehrsson, president of Clarion University
and interim president of Cal U and Edinboro.
“Her career trajectory is the result of her own competence and hard work – but it
also demonstrates how far a State System education can take you. I look forward to
working closely with Fawn as we build a strong, financially sustainable PennWest University.”

Petrosky holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in accounting and business
administration from California University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa
cum laude.
Petrosky also has been California’s liaison to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher
Education’s internal audit director and the point person for the State System’s fraud
line investigations. She chairs a strategic committee focused on financial aid scholarship
leverage for Cal U students and serves on various other committees and work groups,
both at Cal U and as part of the Western Integration planning and implementation teams.