Robert Baumet Named VP for Finance and Administration

April 2, 2024
Robert Baumet

Robert L. Baumet has been named vice president for finance and administration at Canisius University, effective May 15, 2024. 

Baumet joins Canisius with more than 30 years of financial leadership experience in nonprofit and public higher education. Prior to Canisius, he was vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at Keuka College overseeing the offices of Finance and Accounting, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Human Resources and Facilities. He previously held several leadership positions at the State University at Buffalo, where he served as director of business services, accounting director, and director of foundation accounting. 

A skilled senior level strategist, Baumet has demonstrated success in financial reporting, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, capital budgeting and planning, cash management, long-term debt management and investments. 

Baumet holds a master’s degree in accountancy from the State University of New York at Utica (SUNY Polytechnic), and earned a master’s degree in education instruction, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and a bachelor’s degree in performing arts (music) from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

As vice president for finance and administration at Canisius, Baumet will be responsible for all financial and administrative functions, including finance, audit, facilities, information technology services, and business services. As the university’s chief financial officer, Baumet will formulate the institution’s overall fiscal strategies and serve as liaison to several committees of the Board of Trustees, including the Audit, Finance & Facilities, and Investment Advisory committees. He will also provide collaborative financial management to support the short- and long-term fiscal health of the university, oversee business practices, and ensure that the budget is connected to and supports Canisius’ strategic plans.

         Canisius was founded in 1870 in Buffalo, NY, and is one of 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. Consistently ranked among the top institutions in the Northeast, Canisius offers undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional programs distinguished by close student-faculty collaboration, mentoring and an emphasis on ethical, purpose-driven leadership.