By Texas Southern University
Texas Southern University is pleased to announce that Kenneth “Ken” Huewitt has been named the new Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer at TSU.
Huewitt, who will begin employment with TSU in the Spring of 2017, is a veteran financial professional with more than 25 years of experience in audit and finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant who has managed over a one billion dollar budget and the construction and servicing of several educational facilities.
“It is exciting for the University to bring on Huewitt’s level of expertise, said TSU President Dr. Austin A. Lane. “This move signals how committed we are to excellence on all levels at Texas Southern University, and to becoming a first choice destination institution for college-bound students. Huewitt’s broad experience in finance and educational enterprises will be a tremendous asset to us as we continue our work to refine TSU’s business model.”
Huewitt began his career as an auditor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General. He has held a variety of roles during his career including Senior Audit Specialist for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Senior Associate for Coopers & Lybrand, and Regional Director of Finance for The ServiceMaster Corporation.
Shortly after leaving ServiceMaster, he joined the Finance Team at the Houston Independent School District. Over his first 11 years with the district, Huewitt served as the Controller focusing on Budgets, Payroll, Treasury, Food Services Accounting, General Accounting and Bond Fund Accounting, as well as, handling the day-to-day operations of the Controller’s Office.
The next three years, he served as Chief Financial Officer leading all the financial services functions of the district. He developed and executed strategic plans and district-wide policies and programs related to financial activities. Huewitt directed the offices of the Controller, Property Tax and Real Estate, Budget and Financial Planning, Medicaid Finance, Benefits, Risk Management, Warehousing and Procurement. His duties also ranged from developing sound accounting policies and procedures for effectively administering the various funds and accounts to overseeing the strategic operations and accounting for the District’s $1.8 billion general operating budget. Huewitt has led the financial operations of the District over the last 15 years, while impacting 215,000 students on 283 campuses.
Huewitt was recognized as the 2015 award winner of the Council of the Great Cities Schools Chief Financial Officer of the Year. This honor is recognized annually on the national level through the Bill Wise Awards Program. It is bestowed upon Chief Financial Officers in urban school districts who exemplify professionalism, commitment, integrity, strong leadership and advocacy for all students.
Huewitt holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from Texas State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Government Financial Manager, Certified Financial Services Auditor and Chartered Global Management Accountant. He is a member of several organizations including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and The Institute of Internal Auditors. He recently served as Chairman of the Texas State Development Foundation Board, member of the T–Association Board, and past-president of the Alumni Association Board.