Joanne DeStefano


Vice President for Financial Affairs and University Controller Joanne M. DeStefano is Cornell University's chief accounting and reporting officer. In this capacity, she is the official custodian of the university's financial records, responsible for the preparation, maintenance, and interpretation of both internal and external financial reports and analyses, including audited financial statements, federal indirect cost submissions, and federal and state tax returns. She also oversees the creation and development of all university financial policies and procedures. Units that report to her include the Accounting Office, Bursar's Office, Payroll Office, Procurement Office, Tax Compliance Office, Sponsored Program Services, and the University Policy Office.Joanne holds a B.S. from Syracuse University (1978, Accounting), and an M.B.A., from Cornell University (1997, Finance). She came to Cornell in 1990 as General Accounting Manager for the Contract Colleges and has since held a number of progressively responsible roles in the Finance Division. Prior to joining the university, Joanne worked in the corporate sector, as Controller for Racemark International, Inc., and as Accounting Manager for Schlumberger, Inc. She is also a board member of the Counsel on Governmental Relations (COGR), Kuali, the Costing Policies Group, and a member of both NCURA and NACUBO.

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