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Dan Shore named University’s vice president for finance

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Dan Shore, director of the University’s Office of Budgets and Financial Planning since 2003 and Harvard’s acting chief financial officer since May 2008, has been named vice president for finance and chief financial officer.

“I have been very impressed by Dan Shore as I’ve come to know him these past few months,” said Edward C. Forst, the University’s executive vice president. “He combines a sophisticated grasp of Harvard’s complex financial systems with a steady, creative, and rigorous approach to thinking things through and getting things done.”

“It’s an incredible privilege to support Harvard’s extraordinary community of faculty and students,” said Shore. “I look forward to working closely with Ed Forst, and with my colleagues across the University, to develop financial strategies that can help us realize our increasingly ambitious objectives.”

“As colleagues across Harvard know, Dan Shore brings incisive intelligence, exceptional energy, and thoughtful judgment to all he does,” said President Drew Faust. “He’s someone with a constant concern for how we can improve our financial systems and make the best possible use of our resources to advance our programmatic aims.”

As vice president for finance, reporting to the executive vice president, Shore will be responsible for overseeing a broad array of activities encompassing financial planning, analysis, operations, and compliance.

As director of the Office of Budgets and Financial Planning, Shore has played a leading role in efforts to strengthen the capacity of the office and to achieve more systematic and integrated approaches to annual budgeting and multiyear planning. He has been a key participant in a wide range of major planning initiatives — among them, those related to the renewal and expansion of Harvard’s campus, the more intensive pursuit of cross-faculty academic collaborations, the consideration of how to optimize the use of endowment funds, and preparations for an eventual campaign.

In recent years, Shore has served as chair of the University committee that evaluates plans for major administrative information technology projects; co-chair of the executive committee overseeing the implementation of a new enterprise financial planning tool; co-chair of the University-wide Financial Deans Forum; and a member of the Greenhouse Gas Task Force, convened to recommend a strategy to reduce Harvard’s carbon emissions

Before coming to Harvard, Shore was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in the higher education, technology, and consumer products sectors. Previously, he was a corporate lawyer at the Boston firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, LLP.

Shore holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Duke University, a J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.