JEFF SPEAR

Senior Affiliate Consultant

Jeff is a Principal for CFO Colleague, a firm that provides financial consulting to private higher education institutions.  His particular emphasis is forecasting, utilizing a proprietary model he developed over the years that is now deployed at various institutions.  Prior to his work with CFO Colleague, he served as CFO for Mount Vernon Nazarene University (OH) and was the CFO and a Professor of Accounting at his alma mater, Houghton College.  His higher education experiences include participation as a finance specialist on various accreditation teams for Middle States and Board membership of ABACC and the CCCU’s Commission on CFOs. He also served a term on the NACUBO Small Institutions Council and was named to a joint NACUBO-AGB task force on tuition and discount reporting issues.  He continues to speak frequently to various groups about quantitative and analytical issues. Prior to his higher ed career, Jeff was co-owner of an Eastman Kodak spinoff, Controller of an investment banking firm, CFO of a public company and, upon graduating from RIT with his Master’s, was an audit and tax specialist at Peat Marwick.  He and his wife, Janine, have three grown children and three grandkids.

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