Julie Seppala

Julie Seppala

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Vice President for Finance

Treasurer of the Board of Trustees

Treasurer of the Michigan Tech Fund Board of Directors

Biography

Julie Seppala was appointed the Vice President for Finance in December 2016 and as the Treasurer of the Board of Trustees in July 2014. She oversees all financial functions of the University and the Michigan Tech Fund.

From 2013 until 2016,  Julie was the Executive Director of Financial Services and Operations. From 2008 until 2016, she was also the executive director of the university’s sponsored programs office, directing the federal and state proposal submissions, award negotiations, and financial compliance and reporting. From 1994 to 2008, she was the manager of the university’s sponsored programs accounting office, directing the external and internal financial compliance and reporting requirements of sponsored programs.

She came to Michigan Tech in 1990 as an Assistant Research Accountant. Prior to coming to Michigan Tech, she spent 2 years as an Accountant at Northern Michigan University. She was responsible for their grant and contract accounting and assisted in overseeing the accounts payable functions.

Seppala earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Michigan University in 1988. She is active in the Federal Demonstration Partnership, an association of research institutions and federal agencies, and is currently leading a national pilot program with that organization. She has lead the Sponsored Programs Office in Lean/ Process Improvement initiatives, is a trained Lean/Process Improvement Facilitator has facilitated numerous campus process improvement events since 2008.