Harman Joins LSU Health New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health New Orleans, has appointed John A. Harman, MBA, CPA, CGMA, CMPE, as vice chancellor for administration and finance effective May 1. Harman has nearly 20 years of progressive administrative and financial leadership experience in higher education and academic health sciences centers.
Harman holds active CPA licenses in Tennessee and Texas and has achieved the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting as well as an MBA from East Tennessee State University and holds a certification as a medical practice executive (CMPE) from the American College of Medical Practice Executives. He has presented at NACUBO, MGMA and HFMA national conferences and chaired the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Formula Advisory Committee for Health Related Institutions for FY2015-16. Harman has numerous professional memberships and has served on institutional and community boards.
His previous positions include associate vice chancellor for finance with the University of North Texas System, senior VP for finance and CFO at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, executive VP and COO of the faculty practice group at West Virginia University Health Sciences Center- Charleston, and executive director of finance and administration in the Department of Family Medicine at East Tennessee State University.
LSU Health reps said Harman has led high-performance teams, driven strategy development and aligned mission-based budgets. He has enhanced financial reporting, developed revenue strategies, grown and invested unrestricted reserve balances while achieving expense reductions through establishing funding priorities, instituting group purchasing, optimizing staffing ratios, automating contract administration, expanding energy performance contracts and applying lean and six-sigma methodologies to operational processes. Harman has led construction projects and real estate acquisitions and developed associated funding methodologies. He has established equity among staff through standardizing position classifications and compensation and expanded IT applications and platforms to support students and staff, including PeopleSoft Ver. 9.2.
Harman is committed to evidence-based business practices supported by analytics and benchmarked metrics to monitor financial performance, achieve strategic goals and ensure a return on operations to build a strong balance sheet, LSU Health reps said.