Angela Riley, CFO St. Catherine University

Angela Riley, CFO St. Catherine University

Angela, CFO at St. Catherine University, rarely says no to a challenge or opportunity. Whether it’s racing cars at Brainerd International Raceway, joining a dragon boat team in Hong Kong, or managing a 5,000-acre farm in Australia, she always brings her strong desire for learning as well as her passion for making the most out of each opportunity. When asked to return to her alma mater, St. Catherine University, to lead their financial and legal affairs, she saw it as an excellent way to engage the world of academia and give back to the school that had given her so much to start. She has excelled in her work at St. Kate’s and was awarded “CFO of the Year” by Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal in 2017. As a proven leader in higher education, Scouts Talent was curious to learn more…

How has the pandemic changed the way you go about your business?

We have completely shifted a traditional higher education model into a predominately virtual experience for our students, faculty and staff. The shift has been transformational.

Have there been any silver linings for your business as a result of COVID?

While it has been a heavy lift for our campus community, it has brought us all closer together as we work to ensure that our student outcomes remain strong. We have been able to really focus on the needs of our students, faculty and staff as we rapidly shifted our operating model.

If you could try a different job for a day, what would you choose?

Flying the spinnaker on a yacht racing from Sydney to Hobart. Growing up I didn’t know you could sail boats as a career.

What advice would you give someone starting out in your industry?

Look beyond the numbers. It’s essential to understand the culture, people and the processes of an organization to truly understand the business.

What is your mantra?

Never say no to trying something new.

How do you get yourself out of a slump?

Playing with my two very energetic Briards, they are the epitome of pure joy.

What companies or leaders do you admire?

Jacinda Ardern, the 40th prime minister of New Zealand. She has demonstrated vision, resilience, and humanity during several catastrophic events over her tenure.

What has been the biggest shift you’ve noticed in your industry in the last decade?

The shift from a traditional residential college experience to a technology-based learning environment.

Who has been most instrumental in your career?

I have been blessed with countless mentors at every stage of my career. More recently it has been amazing CEO’s that have shared their wisdom and time selflessly to support my personal and professional growth.

What is your go-to celebration meal, drink or tradition?

Celebrations require bubbles!


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