Since 2012, Lisa Rhiney has served in a similar role as Associate Provost for Business and Financial Affairs at the University of Alabama, where she provided administrative leadership in budget development, forecasting and strategic planning for areas reporting to the Divisions of Academic Affairs, Research, Student Affairs, Advancement, Strategic Communication and the President's Office.
She earned her B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Alabama and began her academic career in 1993 as an accountant with the university's Office of Contracts and Grants, where she managed more than 200 accounts with budgets exceeding $20 million. She later served for more than a decade as Director of Financial Affairs in the university's College of Engineering, overseeing the fiscal operations of eight academic departments, five service centers and multiple research centers. In 2007, she joined the university's Office of Academic Affairs as Business Administrator, where she was responsible for day-to-day administrative activities, including developing and monitoring budgets for all academic divisions and programs and providing allocation of resources.
In 2012, she began her current role as Associate Provost for Business and Financial Affairs, which also included overseeing university policies pertaining to appointment, compensation and faculty and staff hiring decisions; developing procedures and policies for completion of the annual budget process; allocating resources in support of the university's strategic plan; and providing guidance on budget issues for Deans, Directors and School/College Budget Officers. She was also responsible for management of the university's full-service retirement community.
She is a member of several professional organizations and taught a senior-level accounting course in governmental and non-profit accounting at the University of Alabama. She has been honored with the McKinley Employee Award for her contributions to the University of Alabama's mission of teaching, research and service, as well as the Crimson Spirit Award, which recognizes employees who make the university an exceptional place to work and learn.