Anthony E. Wagner selected as Temple University's Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Anthony E. Wagner, acting treasurer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has been selected as the new vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Temple University. He will begin April 9.
"Tony Wagner has worked hard throughout his distinguished career and earned the respect of those in higher education and state government," said President Ann Weaver Hart. "His experience will help us build the resources needed to take Temple towards its exciting future."
Hart noted Wagner’s background includes major financial management responsibility in complex organizations, experience in managing large staffs, and a great collaborative style. At Temple, he will oversee financial affairs for the University’s $842 million budget as well as the University’s consolidated financial statement, which includes the Temple University Health System, totaling $1.8 billion.
A native of Chambersburg, Pa., Wagner earned his bachelor's degree at Pennsylvania State University utilizing a $125 per month VA benefit, PHEAA and Pell grants after serving four years as a deep-sea diver in the U.S. Navy.
“The educational benefits I received due to my military service helped make my college education possible, and my life has been transformed as a result. Suffice it to say, I share Dr. Hart’s passion to make access to Temple possible for generations to come while building upon the excellence that is already so apparent,” Wagner said.
Wagner’s selection comes at the end of a three-month intensive search aided by Brill Neumann Associates. Approximately 30 candidates from a diverse pool were considered for the post by a search committee made up of trustees, senior administrators and faculty.
The search committee agreed its ideal candidate would have strong financial management experience in large organizations with multiple revenue sources; proven success in leading change; the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and trustees; and experience working with government, financial institutions and external organizations.
Wagner began his career in Pennsylvania government in 1989, working as a fiscal policy specialist for the Governor's Office of the Budget. He was promoted to executive assistant to Michael Hershock, secretary of the budget, from 1991 to 1993.
In 1993 and 1995, he was deputy secretary for administration for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and for six years starting in 1995, Wagner was the director of governmental relations for Pennsylvania State University. He also served one year at Penn State as special assistant to the senior vice president for finance and business.
Wagner took a leave of absence from Penn State to serve as deputy secretary of the budget for current Pennsylvania budget secretary Michael Masch, where he helped develop the first two commonwealth budgets of the Rendell administration. He went back to Penn State as the assistant corporate controller, a post he held in 2004 and 2005.
Wagner returned to government in 2005 as deputy state treasurer of investments and programs in the treasury Department headed by Robert P. Casey Jr., who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2006. As of the end of January, Wagner was responsible for the investment of more than $12 billion, overseeing banking relationships and payments for more than $54 billion in budgeted expenditures, and the holding of about $112 billion in securities owned by the commonwealth, including $94 billion for the two major state pension funds. He has served as acting Treasurer since Casey’s departure for the Senate in early January of this year.
Wagner and his wife, Lisa, have two sons. He is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church, and volunteers as a prison minister.