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Stephens College names vice president for finance and administration

July 11, 2017

Stephens College has named Timothy Klocko to the position of vice president for finance and administration. He replaces John Shipley, who had served as interim VPFA since October. 

Klocko, who began work on July 10, is back in familiar territory after having served at Stephens from 2001-09 as controller, and then vice president for finance and administration. He also served as interim president in June 2003.

“Tim brings to Stephens an outstanding background in higher education finance, business process redesign, investment, financial aid, strategic planning, human resources, facilities, dining services, auxiliary operations and risk management—plus, he knows and loves Stephens College,” said Stephens President Dianne Lynch. “Our colleagues who worked with Tim remember him as a great manager—of both people and processes—a team player, a creative problem solver who never loses his cool, and a man of his word.”

Klocko says he is happy to back on campus and looks forward to his new role as VPFA.

“Not only does it allow me to return to an institution that I love, but it also allows me to return to my roots geographically,” he said. “I’ve been inspired to return to Stephens because I admire the direction that Stephens is moving. Dianne Lynch has been focusing on moving Stephens in a strategic direction that will not only benefit the school in the near future but will also continue to carry Stephens into the future.”

Klocko previously served as vice president for finance and treasurer at Sweet Briar College. Prior to that, he worked for almost seven years at Thomas University in Thomasville, Ga., where he served as vice president for finance and administration, and later as senior vice president. Before his first stint at Stephens, Klocko worked for the Columbia Public School District and Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was controller as well as a professor of business administration. He also was an instructor at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri.

Klocko said that his experiences since leaving Stephens in 2009 have allowed him to see the inner workings of two other institutions and to better understand the complexities of higher education.

He holds an M.B.A. with an accounting emphasis and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance, both from Northwest Missouri State University. 

Klocko is joined by his wife of 36 years, Beverly. They have one child, Douglas, who just graduated from Brookwood School in Thomasville, Ga., and will be attending Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, in the fall.

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