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Steinbach appointed associate business, finance VP

by Jeanne Baron

Sept. 29, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Sandra D. Steinbach.
KALAMAZOO--A longtime area financial executive was appointed associate vice president for business and finance by the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees at its Sept. 28 meeting.

Sandra "Sandy" D. Steinbach has been working in the position since Aug. 22. Previously, Steinbach was director of commercial finance at Thermo Fisher Scientific, which is located in WMU's Business Research and Technology Park. She replaces Janice J. Van Der Kley, who was named the University's vice president for business and finance and chief financial officer July 1.

In her new role, Steinbach also will serve as assistant treasurer for the WMU Board of Trustees. The southwest Michigan native resides in Portage, Mich., and comes to the University with a broad financial background.

She has experience in areas such as budgeting, financial analysis, strategy, contract management, operations, accounting, taxation and treasury. In addition, she has held various financial leadership positions at a number of Kalamazoo-area companies, including Stryker, Kellogg and Plante & Moran.

Steinbach has served four years on the WMU Foundation as a board member and finance chair and has taught accounting courses at the University as an adjunct faculty member.

A lifetime member of the WMU Alumni Association, she earned two degrees from the University, a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1984 and a master's degree in finance in 1996.