Business Office

The Business Office, led by Deputy to the Senior Vice President (SVP) for Finance and Administration Kenneth Tirino, oversees the Graduate Center’s fiscal management, including all accounting, reporting, and budgeting.

Our Goals

  • Provide financial management leadership for, and influence the strategic direction of, the Graduate Center by ensuring that relevant, accurate, and timely information and strategic advice is provided to decision-makers.
  • Ensure the prudent use of Graduate Center resources by setting and maintaining financial management policies and procedures and ensuring the Graduate Center adheres to both CUNY and state policies and procedures.
  • Serve as an effective financial steward for the Graduate Center by protecting and preserving its assets through prudent financial risk management, maintenance of accurate financial records, and compliance with regulations.
  • Serve as a catalyst to instill a sound financial management mindset throughout the Graduate Center and act as a business partner in planning, implementing, leading, and supporting strategic initiatives.

The Business Office is comprised of four offices:

The Non-Tax Levy Accounting Office, led by Director of Non-Tax Levy Accounting Althea Harewood, maintains the financial integrity of the non-tax levy entity known as the Graduate Center Non-Tax Levy Fund for Research Grants, CUNY Endowment Investment Pool, and Miscellaneous Accounts. The office prepares and provides the financial statements that fairly present the financial position of this entity in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles.

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The Budget Office, led by Budget Director Finney Joshua, plans and allocates financial and physical resources and provides analysis to enhance Graduate Center decision-making, planning, and policy formation.

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The Bursar’s Office, led by Finance Director/Bursar Dharvendra Kanhai, is responsible for processing and recording student tuition and fee payments, issuing refunds, distribution of fellowship checks, and the disbursement of employee paychecks.

Learn more about the Bursar

The Purchasing (Procurement) Office, led by Purchasing Director Ronald Paynter, assists various Graduate Center departments in efficiently securing goods and services.

Learn more about Purchasing/Procurement

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Get The Help You’re Looking For

Our resource hub — which contains key policies, forms, and instructions — empowers the Graduate Center community to make sound and efficient use of the GC’s institutional financial resources.

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Enhancing Our Financial Transparency

The Business Office is committed to transparency in the compilation, consolidation, and review of plans and budgets. This ensures that academic and administrative leaders across the Graduate Center can play an active, collaborative role in the strategic decision-making process.

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Our Leadership

Kenneth Tirino

Deputy to the Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Business Office

Finney Joshua

Budget Director, Budget Office

Ronald Paynter

Director of Purchasing and Contracts, Purchasing

Althea Harewood

Director of Finance for Related Entities, Accounting