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Ms. Aurora Edenhart-Pepe

Vice President of Administration and Finance

Aurora Edenhart-Pepe

With more than a decade of experience in higher education administration, Aurora Edenhart-Pepe has been named Salisbury University's new vice president of administration and finance.

Edenhart-Pepe comes to SU from Wake Forest University School of Law, where she has served as chief administrative officer. She begins her new role at SU on October 1.

"With a background in human resources and budgeting, Aurora has helped transform some of the nation's best-known institutions," said SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre. "The effects of her work can still be felt at Duke, Georgetown and Wake Forest universities, and we are excited that she chose to bring that expertise to Salisbury. We look forward to welcoming her to the Sea Gull family."

At SU, Edenhart-Pepe will oversee the University's overall budget, financial and administrative operations, including capital projects, facilities management, human resources, information technology, and campus safety and sustainability.

As a member of the seven-member President's Cabinet, she also will play a major role in helping to make the decisions that guide the University and provide the best opportunities for its students and other stakeholders.

In addition, she will help SU transition to Workday enterprise resource planning software, a process that began more than a year ago in connection with other University System of Maryland institutions. This platform is expected to be a critical component for many of SU's current systems, from student services to employee management.

At Wake Forest, Edenhart-Pepe has provided organizational and operational leadership during a time of major transformation, successfully leading all business administration, operations and finance for the law school through the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also worked with the dean to build an effective strategy that moved the school's U.S. News & World Report ranking for "Best Colleges" from 41st to 22nd in its category.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, she held positions focused on human resources and organizational leadership at Georgetown University Law Center and Duke University's Graduate School and Office of Information Technology.

"I have worked to enhance workplace culture and design, and execute practical but impactful business processes and policies that increase the effectiveness and fairness of the institution," she said.

"I plan to continue this work at a place that welcomes excellence, capitalizes on hard working talent, and seeks to make meaningful contributions to the lives of students and the world. I look forward to this next step with SU."

Administration & Finance Offices

The Administration and Finance Division directs the financial management, administrative and business planning activities of the University in collaboration with leaders from the campus’ academic and administrative units. The division focuses on implementing effective and customer-oriented business processes to improve services for the University’s constituents and helps advance SU’s strategic goals by securing resources from state and auxiliary revenue streams.

The division is comprised of the following offices and departments: