Park University President Greg Gunderson, Ph.D., has announced the promotion of Brian Bode to the position of chief financial officer. Bode began his new duties at Park on Jan. 27.
As chief financial officer, Bode oversees the financial and accounting operations of the University and the Parkville Commercial Underground (located on the University’s Parkville Campus), and is responsible for all fiscal services, including financial systems, reporting and controls, as well as fiscal policies and regulations. He is also responsible for ensuring the University has requisite financial resources, including cash management and borrowing agreements.
Bode had been serving as interim CFO for the University since May 2016 after coming to Park in August 2015 when he was appointed controller. Bode has spent 16 years in higher education. Prior to joining Park, he spent nine years at Kansas City Kansas Community College, serving as vice president of student and administrative services (2010-15) and dean of financial and administrative services, and associate provost (2006-10). In addition, he was controller at the University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, Kan.) for five years (2001-06). He also served as CFO at Demolition Interior Specialists, a turnkey demolition contractor based in Kansas City, Mo.
Bode retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 as lieutenant colonel with more than 21 years of service, including stints as the resource and budget manager at the Fort Leavenworth (Kan.) Simulation Center, assistant dean of resources at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.) and comptroller for the 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Texas.
Bode earned his Master of Business Administration from Troy (Ala.) University and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.