David Green, The George Washington University’s former associate vice president of financial operations, began as Georgetown University’s chief financial officer on Oct. 15.
Green has 17 years of experience in higher education, and utilizing this expertise to serve Georgetown is one of his aims. He says he hopes to use financial planning to improve the Georgetown community and enhance Georgetown students’ university experience.
“I hope to support the Georgetown community and ensure that the university stewards its resources and budgets to best support the research, scholarship, and service to our faculty, staff, and student,” Green wrote in an email to The Hoya.
Green succeeds David Rubenstein, whose retirement last month came after 15 years serving as Georgetown’s CFO. During his tenure at Georgetown, Rubenstein advocated for the 4 percent tuition increase for the 2016-2017 academic year. This act was met with a student appealfor university leadership, including Rubenstein, to hold a town hall to discuss the causes for the tuition hike.
Georgetown’s Chief Operating Officer Geoffrey Chatas (COL ’85) expressed his enthusiasm for hiring Green in a Sept. 19 campuswide email.
“It is with great pleasure I write to share that, in consultation with our president and executive leadership team, I have appointed David B. Green as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Georgetown University,” Chatas wrote in the email.
As Georgetown’s new CFO, Green manages the university’s financial position, both in the short- and long-term.
“He will be responsible for managing all central financial functions, including accounting and financial reporting, budgeting and planning, the long-term debt portfolio and treasury services,” Chatas wrote.
According to his university profile, Green’s duties include maintaining and overseeing the internal financial operations of the university and allocating resources to the many programs on campus.
A native of the area, Green graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va., later receiving a bachelor’s degree in business from Virginia Wesleyan University and an MBA from The George Washington University. Since 2001, Green held several financial leadership positions at GWU, including head of its Financial Operations team.
Growing up close to Georgetown and later working in Washington, D.C., provided Green with the opportunity to develop a sense of Georgetown’s character and an appreciation for its Jesuit values.
“I have always admired and known Georgetown as a preeminent university,” Green wrote. “I was drawn to the university because it incorporates core values – like service to others, cura personalis, and the common good – to build upon its mission rooted in education and research.”
In addition to the Georgetown community specifically, Green values the power of higher education and the ability to witness the influence students and professors can have on other people and the world. Seeing student and professor accomplishments first-hand is part of what he enjoys about higher education, Green said.
“It’s rewarding to see a student walk across the stage at graduation years after you see them walking on a campus tour.” Green wrote. “It’s inspiring to see how groundbreaking medical research can save people’s lives.”
Outside of his work, Green devotes most of his time to his family. He and his wife, Therese, have four children who are involved in sports, and Green spends time coaching and watching them play. When he’s not with his family, Green likes to relax by playing ice hockey or soccer.
“I have always loved Georgetown and known it to be a dynamic community dedicated to teaching, research, scholarship, and service,” Green wrote. “I’m eager to join the community and maximize its financial services and resources to provide faculty, students, and staff with the excellence they deserve.”