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Dec. 21, 2009
Northwest has announced the appointment of Stacy Carrick as its new vice president of finance. Carrick will begin her new duties in February.
A Certified Public Accountant, Carrick received a bachelor's from Northwest in 1988, majoring in accounting with a computer science minor, and has an MBA from Webster University. She also is a graduate of South Harrison High School in Bethany.
Since 1991, Carrick has been employed in a variety of capacities at 2009 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient Heartland Health in St. Joseph, most recently as director for Decision Support Services where she was responsible for the operating budget, cost accounting system, allocations, labor management productivity system, operational and clinical benchmarking systems and patient level service line financials. In addition, she was responsible for automated dashboard reporting for departmental leadership results and organizational performance results and provided co-leadership for implementation of an integrated financial system, including process design, efficiency improvements and integration. Carrick also has served Heartland Health as a process leader for Decision Support Services and an operations analyst. Prior to employment at Heartland, she was a senior auditor at KPMG Peat Marwick in Kansas City.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Stacy join the Northwest family. Her skills and competencies, track record and Bearcat background are perfectly suited for this position," said Dr. John Jasinski, Northwest president. "Stacy's background with budgeting, cost containment and revenue generation and performance metrics will aid Northwest as we lead forward in these interesting economic times."
As Northwest's vice president of finance, Carrick will be a member of the Northwest Leadership Team. Her responsibilities will include overall administration for budgeting, accounting, payroll, cashiering, purchasing and insurance.
"Although we are facing tough economic times, I look forward to this exciting and challenging opportunity and am proud to be a part of the Northwest family," Carrick said in accepting her new post. "Northwest is an innovative and progressive University with highly committed leadership, faculty and staff dedicated to providing world-class educational programs and services while also focusing on the needs of the community and region."
Carrick has served as an examiner, senior examiner and judge for the Excellence in Missouri Foundation's Missouri Quality Award program. The Missouri Quality Award is one of the strongest state-level quality award programs in the nation and is the official state recognition for excellence in quality leadership. Northwest is the first education institution in the state to receive the Missouri Quality Award four consecutive times: 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008. Heartland is one of three Missouri organizations that garnered the 2009 National Baldrige Quality Award honors.
"Strengthening processes and driving performance results are Stacy's forte, and that's what we'll be asking her to do as she joins Bearcat nation," Jasinski said. "There is no better time to join an already strong organization, and we welcome Stacy and the strengths she brings to us."
Carrick is a member of the Bearcat Booster Club and is the Pony Express Council's Wood Badge Program council coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America. She also was a member of the allocation/audit committee for the United Way of St. Joseph.
She and her husband, Don, reside in St. Joseph.
Dan Edmonds, Northwest's controller, has been serving as the interim vice president of finance and operations since the July retirement of Vice President for Finance and Support Services Ray Courter.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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