CALDWELL’S NEW VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
This past summer Caldwell’s new vice president of finance, Ketan Gandhi, made a visit to the Sisters of St. Dominic’s Motherhouse on Caldwell’s campus. Sister Pat Stringer, O.P., gave him a tour that included a lesson on the Sisters’ history and the founding in 1939 of what was Caldwell College for Women.
Gandhi left the meeting with a greater appreciation for how Caldwell’s mission to serve students who were the first in their families to attend college has continued for generations. He sees how Caldwell has changed over the decades. Today there are male students; Caldwell is more diverse and has more international students, but it is evident that the mission remains. “We all know when someone has a degree they have a better chance to get into middle income. That’s a wonderful story for sure … it’s very important,” said Gandhi, who joined the University last spring, bringing with him 35 years in business and higher education.
Gandhi spent 25 years in media—at Gannett and the Philadelphia Inquirer in community publishing, holding positions as CFO and vice president of finance. He moved into higher education at Burlington Community College and Rutgers University and then shifted to consulting, serving over 20 institutions including Brown University and Lafayette College where he helped decentralize financial planning. The positions gave him a solid grasp of the financial structure public and private institutions need. A native of India, he earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bombay University, his M.B.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a diploma in postgraduate business management from K.C. College, Mumbai, India. He is currently a doctoral candidate in education leadership at Rowan University.
At Caldwell, Gandhi is a strategic fiscal partner to the University’s leadership team and oversees the day-to-day financial operation, which includes bursar, accounts payable, monthly financial reporting, grant accounting and long-term financial planning.
Over the last few months Gandhi has gotten to know more employees. The strength of Caldwell, he said, lies in its brand and history. As for challenges that come with uncertain times, he says he does not shy away from them. “I will step up to it.” His favorite place on campus? The cafeteria. To him, it tells part of the richness of Caldwell’s story: “You get to see the student body, how diverse it is and how they [the students] engage with each other.”