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Rebecca Barber

Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis

Rebecca Barber is the Vice President, Financial Planning and Analysis at Michigan State University. She brings more than 20 years of higher education experience, including more than a decade of leading planning and analysis functions. She also served as a faculty member for more than 15 years spanning multiple universities.

Most recently, Barber served as associate vice president of financial planning, budget and analysis and chief budget officer at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In this role, she oversaw resource planning and allocation for the university, aligning activity with institutional strategic goals. Prior to that, Barber served as senior director of management analysis at Arizona State University, where she led the development and design of several econometric initiatives, including tuition analyses and support for board reporting. She has led the design and implementation of systems to support institutional planning and has been featured as a speaker and instructor for professional development programs in data analytics. While at ASU, she developed a graduate certificate program in data analytics for higher education, for which she served as the lead instructor. Barber also has corporate experience in financial planning and analysis.

Barber holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University as well as a master’s in social and philosophical foundations of education and an MBA, both also from Arizona State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. Barber is a member of the Western Association of College and University Business Officers, the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Association for Institutional Research. Barber is a recognized expert in predictive analytics, having taught courses for professional organizations and as part of a 15-credit graduate certificate.


Reporting Units

  • Office of Financial Planning and Budget
  • Office of Treasury and Financial Management
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