Financial officers in theological schools do more than wield the purse strings. They work with senior administrators to maintain economic equilibrium and maximize the use of available resources. Through annual conferences, webinars, Engage ATS (a new online interactive community for those who serve at ATS schools), and other resources, financial officers build peer networks and a collection of best practices for budget planning, investment policies and management, liability and legal issues, personnel and human resources issues, professional ethics, facilities management, and more.
ATS has many resources and data available to assist financial officers in their work. In particular, the ATS Strategic Information Report and the Institutional Peer Profile Report are strategic resources to help schools analyze their financial trends and performances. Please contact Chris Meinzer, ATS Senior Director and COO if you have any questions—especially if you are new to a theological school.
Here are several professional organizations ATS financial officers have found useful: