Director for Administration and College Fiscal Officer
Cleveland State University
Office Location: UR340
Karen Decker is both the Director for Administration and the College Fiscal Officer at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. In her current role, she works directly with the college Dean, Assistant and Associate Deans in a highly collaborative environment. She provides daily governance through management and distribution of all the college’s funds to ensure that funds are budgeted appropriately and spent according with fiscal policy and in alignment with the account purpose. She sets college policy, identifies the college internal controls, implements the college processes and provides daily oversight of all reporting and the reconciliations of all college accounts and supports the college’s grant active research department.
In her role, she fosters the University and College’s mission and vision and is part of the leadership team and a key contributor to its strategic planning efforts. She also collaborates with fellow fiscal officers and other department heads to enhance financial and accounting practices. She provides support and instruction of financial practices to faculty, research staff and administrative staff. She helps to establish the annual college budget(s) and forecasts, and monitors both throughout the fiscal year. Her additional roles include receivable collections, staff training, college human resource tasks, special dean reports and projects, and oversight of student scholarship. Karen has brought exceptional budgetary control, policy implementation and accounting consistency to the Levin College.
Karen volunteers her time at her church and volunteers as the internal auditor of the annual financial information for the Condo Association where she resides.
Karen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from The University of Akron. Her professional experience includes work as an accountant for over 23 years.
Areas of Expertise:
- Accounting and tax software packages
- Financial Compilations & Reviews
- Tax preparation
- (General business) Consulting
- Grant Accounting