Natalie “Nikki” Krawitz has over 30 years of experience in higher education in the private and public sectors as a tenured faculty member and senior administrator. Before retiring in 2013, she was the chief financial officer for the University of Missouri System. She worked closely with system and campus leadership to maximize the financial and physical capacity of the university, achieving millions of dollars in cost savings through administrative streamlining and innovative uses of debt financing. She also provided statewide leadership in developing a resource allocation model for Missouri’s public four-year universities.
Currently, Krawitz consults with higher education institutions on strategic finance and resource allocation and presents at workshops on higher education budgeting and finance. She has authored papers on budgeting, business process redesign, and administrative streamlining.
Krawitz has served in leadership positions with the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities, and the Council on Government Relations. She serves on the boards of Stephens College, the National Student Clearinghouse, the University of Missouri – Kansas City Foundation, and the University of Missouri School of Accountancy. She also serves on several local community boards.
Krawitz is the recipient of numerous awards including the National Association of College and University Business Officers 2010 Distinguished Business Officer award, the Columbia Chamber of Commerce 2013 Athena Leadership Award, the Missouri University of Science and Technology Chancellor’s Medal, and the University of Missouri Trulaske College of Business Alumna Citation of Merit.
She has an A.B. from Washington University, an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College, and a M.Acc. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.