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Introducing Pomona College’s new VP, COO, treasurer

Jeff Roth, a finance leader with experience at top higher education institutions and the nation’s largest public library system, will become Pomona College’s vice president, chief operating officer and treasurer starting September 6.

Roth has since 2016 been associate vice president for academic planning and budgeting at UCLA, where he has worked to increase transparency in allocation decisions for the school’s $10 billion annual operating budget and developed a multi-year budget approach to strengthen the university’s finances for the future.

He also served in a series of key leadership roles over 15 years with the New York Public Library, directing finance and strategic planning for the 92-location system — the largest in the U.S. and known for its significant research resources.

“This role is ultimately about people and mission,” Roth said in a statement. “I’m excited to join a community so dedicated to providing staff development opportunities, academic excellence and increasing access to higher education.”

Pomona College President G. Gabrielle Starr noted that Roth’s record of collaboration and experience in multiple areas is particularly fitting for this position overseeing a division that includes most of the college’s staff members, covering finance, investments, human resources, real estate, and conference and event planning as well as campus services such as grounds, dining, housekeeping and maintenance.

Roth will play a key role in implementing Pomona’s strategic vision in the years ahead, Starr added.

“Jeff recognizes the human aspirations and the critical academic mission that drive how we deploy our resources, as well as the need for thoughtful stewardship in sustaining our commitments,” Starr said in a statement. “Jeff will help Pomona build on our unique role in promoting opportunity in American higher education.”

Roth earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his MBA from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

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