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RWC and NES name new CEO

Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary administrators have named Laurie J. Leo to the college and seminary leadership team as chief financial officer, effective Jan. 19.



She brings more than 25 years of strategic and financial experience in public and privately owned companies, in addition to her own consulting practice. Prior to joining Roberts, Leo held financial roles at large multinational companies, including Xerox Corp. and Bausch & Lomb, as well as several small companies and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as chief financial officer at First American Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of City National Bank.

Leo will develop and implement the business and fiscal services necessary to support the missions of Roberts and Northeastern. She will also be responsible for providing accurate information for short- and long-range planning, implementing streamlined systems and processes, and participating in key decisions with college and seminary leadership. As CFO, she will also provide strategic leadership for vital campus departments, including, but not limited to, finance, facilities, risk management and contract service.

Leo often volunteers her time and talents to local organizations. She is an executive committee member (and immediate past board chair) of The Children’s Agenda, is active in Fairport Young Life and has served on the Nazareth College board of trustees. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Nazareth College and an MBA in finance and economics from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester. Leo resides in Fairport with her family.


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