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Greenwich Public Schools Hires Away Its New COO From Pace University

Lorianne "Lori" O’Donnell
Lorianne "Lori" O’Donnell Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – An assistant vice president at Pace University has been hired by the Greenwich Public Schools to be the district's new chief operating officer.

Lorianne "Lori" O’Donnell, who will take over the COO position on Aug. 21, will be in charge of the Budget and Finance, Accounting, Purchasing, Facilities, Transportation, Food Services and Safety and Security Departments for the Greenwich schools, Superintendent of Schools Jill Gildea announced.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Greenwich Public Schools team and look forward to partnering with our board, senior leaders and administration to help advance the district's priorities and meet the goals of our 2015-2020 Strategic Plan,” O’Donnell said.

O’Donnell is currently assistant vice president of Financial Planning for Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., with experience in finance and budget management for institutions of higher education, including capital budget oversight for master plans and capital projects.

“Lori O’Donnell’s experience in right-sizing budgets and her ability to work within approved spending plans will serve the district well," Gildea said. "We were also impressed with her work managing budgets for large-scale capital projects, as well as for other operational departments within the organization.”

O’Donnell is assuming the position left open by Managing Director of Operations Jim Hricay’s departure for a position with the Pelham Public Schools.

O’Donnell spent the first eight years of her career at New York University, initially as a financial analyst, and moving to an associate director for fiscal services before accepting a position with Pace University in 2008.

She spent two years as a senior budget analyst with Pace, and was promoted to Budget Director in 2010. Ultimately becoming the Assistant Vice President of Financial Planning for Pace University, O’Donnell has extensive experience in budgeting and financial planning.

Most recently, she established and chaired the budget subcommittee of the $200 million New York City master plan capital project for the university. She also managed the $100 million Westchester campus master plan budget, a three-year project completed in summer 2016 projected to close out within budget.

O’Donnell received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from Pace University in 1998, and has completed coursework toward a master of science degree in management and systems from New York University.

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