Message from Vice Chancellor Reese: New Assistant Vice Chancellor, Business and Financial Services/Controller

May 13, 2014


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Michael R. Riley to the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor, Business and Financial Services/Controller.   After a nationwide search, Mike emerged as the strongest candidate with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, financial analysis and financial reporting. 

This view was widely shared by the campus after Mike’s visit last week.  The feedback I received is that as Interim Controller for the past nine months, Mike has impressed the entire campus with his responsiveness, his customer service orientation and his sound accounting expertise. We have already richly benefited from the fresh perspective and new approaches that he has brought to the campus from his experience with the University of California and with the private sector.   We are fortunate that we will now have Mike on a permanent basis.

He is a certified public accountant with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from California State University, Sacramento. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Prior to working at UC Merced, Mike worked as the Director of Corporate Accounting and Endowment Investment Accounting at the University of California, Office of the President overseeing its  day-to-day general accounting and the university system’s capital, debt, investment and endowment accounting.

Mike has additional UC experience serving as the Assistant Controller for the UC Davis Health System overseeing the day-to-day accounting while making continuous improvements during his tenure there. In the public sector, Riley served nine years at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sacramento performing audits and reviews for a variety of organizations including government entities from multiple industries including higher education.

Please join me in congratulating Mike on his appointment.

Best regards,

Michael Reese
Vice Chancellor of Business and Administrative Services