Marshall’s Chief Financial Officer resigns

Chief Financial Officer Mary Ellen Heuton announced her resignation Wednesday less than a month after presenting and passing the 2016-17 fiscal budget before the Board of Governors.

Heuton will take on the role of vice president of business affairs and treasurer at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.

“I am grateful I was welcomed into the Marshall family more than seven years ago and to have had an opportunity to work with such wonderful people who love this university,” Heuton said in a press release distributed by the university Wednesday afternoon. “I am proud of what my staff and others across the campus have accomplished to maintain Marshall’s financial health and improve financial processes. Although I am sad this chapter is coming to an end, I am excited to start a new one at the University of Montevallo.”

In the statement, President Jerome Gilbert said Heuton’s presence and knack for financial balance will be missed.

“Mary Ellen has led the effort to retool the university’s budget and its tuition and fee structure, resulting in significant improvements to our financial processes and services,” he said in the release. “Her guidance and leadership also have been instrumental in keeping Marshall financially healthy through budget challenges over the past few years. Her commitment to Marshall University and its students, as well as her involvement in the Huntington community, will indeed be missed. The entire Marshall family wishes her the very best in her new position.”

The university will conduct a national search for Heuton’s replacement following her leave, effective August 19.

President Gilbert was unavailable for further comment.