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Rob Fridge

Rob Fridge

Executive Vice President of Administration and CFO

Rob Fridge is in his second stint as Drury University’s Chief Financial Officer, as of August 2021. Rob previously spent a decade with Drury from 2008 to 2018, starting as controller before being promoted to CFO in 2016. In 2018, Rob joined a private equity roll-up in the health care industry as a chief financial officer. When administration was moved to New Jersey, he returned to Drury in 2020 as Director of Institutional Research.  Rob stepped back into the CFO role a year later, bringing a wealth of experience and institutional knowledge. Prior to joining Drury, Rob has worked in public accounting, commercial and heavy construction, and boating industries as well as operating and selling 2 companies and teaching high school algebra for a year on a dare.

Rob earned his undergraduate degree in business from Abilene Christian University in Texas and earned an MBA from Drury’s Breech School of Business Administration in 2014. He is active in his church, teaches kids to play chess and enjoys live music, art and honeybees.

Responsibilities

  • Accountable for the administration of all financial operations of the University to help insure stable and sustainable financial health.
  • Instruct, monitor and promote sustainable financial practices for staff, faculty, leadership, students, and trustees.

During his tenure at Drury Rob has:

  • Changed the attitude and methods of Drury budgeting from basic incremental, breakeven budgeting to the first zero-based budget and continued detailed budgeting with surplus goals
  • Oversaw accounting portion of year-long ERP conversion to Jenzabar EX we use today
  • Continued extensive work with multiple CCPS/GO managers to help declining business segment
  • Recruited/oversaw 3,000-person, 8 day national debate tournament at Drury in summer of 2016
  • Purchased and began implementation of Adavico system that manages endowment fulfillment and donor reporting.
  • Handled finances on and then full responsibility for every music event at OFEC from 2010-2018