Nico Washington Joins Haverford as VPFA
The veteran financial affairs executive will be Haverford's next vice president for finance and administration.
Following a national search, Haverford has appointed Nico Washington to direct the College's financial affairs and manage a broad portfolio of operating departments including Campus Safety, Central Services, Administrative Auxiliary Services, Dining, Facilities, and Human Resources. Her first day at Haverford will be March 1.
"I am thrilled to welcome Nico Washington to Haverford," said President Wendy Raymond. "Her leadership, experience, and mission alignment with our values-based liberal arts education will be outstanding additions to our community."
Washington's work in higher education began at Johns Hopkins University, where she administered programming at the Carey School of Business. From there, she spent two decades in the University System of Maryland. This service included being associate provost for financial affairs and chief of staff at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and culminating as chief operating and financial officer at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). While at the University of Maryland, she oversaw the final design, construction and opening of USG’s $200 million Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) LEED Platinum-certified facility.
Her interest in finance and administration led her to the Agnes Irwin School in 2021 in nearby Bryn Mawr, PA, where as chief financial officer she oversees all aspects of the school’s fiscal management, operations, and budget as well as managing Campus Facilities, Campus Safety and Security, Auxiliary Programs, the Business Office, and Human Resources.
"Haverford is such a special college, and I am thrilled to join such an innovative, hardworking, and enthusiastic team of individuals," says Washington. "The passion, dedication, and commitment to Haverford came through loud and clear during my interview process. I am particularly excited about the community's collective vision for Haverford’s future."
A graduate of the University of Maryland, with a BS in accounting, Washington also earned a masters in business administration at Maryland. She succeeds interim appointee Yvonne Berry, who came to Haverford following the departure of long-serving VPFA Mitch Wein last summer.
"I am grateful that Nico will be able to build upon the strong foundations laid by Yvonne Berry, Mitch Wein, and many colleagues,” said Raymond. “As we implement our new strategic plan and continue to move the College forward in important ways, I look forward to Nico's contributions to Haverford's next chapters.”