Canfield Joins Bumpers College as Finance Officer

Cheryl Canfield has moved from Business Affairs to Bumpers College.
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Cheryl Canfield has moved from Business Affairs to Bumpers College.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Cheryl Canfield, chief fiscal officer for U of A Business Affairs, has joined the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences as finance officer.

Canfield has worked on campus since 1997 with positions in Business Affairs, as a member of the BASIS team and in the Treasurer's Office. Her first day with Bumpers College was Jan. 22.

In her new position, Canfield provides oversight for all campus-based financial resources available to Bumpers College, including the campus base-budget allocation, student enhancement funds, income/expense accounts and development funds. She reports to the dean of the college, Deacue Fields, and is responsive to requests from the vice provost for planning and the vice chancellor for finance and administration.

She has been CFO for Business Affairs since 2015 as well as director of PMC Solutions since 2016. Canfield provided financial reports and business advice to the associate vice chancellor for business affairs regarding the operations of Parking & Transit, the Bookstore, Garland Street Leases, PMC Solutions, Rental Property, Surplus Warehouse, Property & Casualty Insurance, Risk Management, Carnall Hall and Workers' Compensation. She also managed budgets, and performed monthly reconciliations and year-end closing for all cost centers. With PMC, she reorganized printing operations following the discontinuation of offset press print operations in 2016.

Canfield has also worked as a financial analyst in Business Affairs (2012-15), as a project/program manager on the BASIS team (1998-2012), and as an accountant (1997-98) and accounting supervisor (1998) in the Treasurer's Office.

She earned bachelor's degrees from the U of A in landscape design and urban horticulture in 1992, and in accounting/computer information systems in 1994. She is also a 2000 graduate of the College Business Management Institute.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 2 percent of universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.


Robby Edwards, director of communications
Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


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