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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

Media Advisory: Top U.S. Army Official Mary Sally Matiella in Tucson for Eller College Distinguished Speaker Series

UA and Pueblo High School Alumna Matiella, Obama administration appointee, to present free talk on the politics of federal financial management September 22.

TUCSON, Ariz. – September 13, 2011 – Mary Sally Matiella, Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller, will deliver a lecture as part of the UA Eller College of Management Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 5:15 p.m. The lecture will be held at McClelland Hall (1130 East Helen Street, Tucson), in Berger Auditorium. There is no charge to attend, and a reception will follow.

Matiella is an alumna of the Eller College, where she earned her MBA in 1976. She was the youngest person in her MBA class, the only woman, and the only minority candidate.

On November 23, 2009, President Barack H. Obama nominated Matiella as Assistant Secretary of the Army, Financial Management and Comptroller, and she was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 11, 2010. In that role, she advises the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff on all matters related to Army financial management. She oversees the development, formulation, and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of overall resources in the Department of the Army. She is also responsible for the formulation and submission of the Army budget to Congress and the American people.

Prior to her appointment, Matiella served as Assistant Chief Financial Officer for Accounting for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She was responsible for the payment of over $40 billion in annual grants, loans and subsidies, and the consolidation and submission of quarterly and annual financial statements to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She ensured HUD was in full compliance with government legislation, generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and other governmental budget and accounting standards. Under her leadership, HUD earned "unqualified" audit opinions each fiscal year and received all "green" ratings from OMB for its accounting practices.

In December 2001, Matiella entered the Senior Executive Service and served as the Chief Financial Officer for the USDA Forest Service. She oversaw the formulation and execution of a $4 billion annual budget, which funded the management of 200 million acres of national forest and grasslands. Under her leadership, the Forest Service received its first ever "clean" audit opinion in FY 2002 and the GAO, April 2003 report, recognized the Forest Service for “Significant Improvement in Financial Reporting.”

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The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program No. 11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program No. 48 in the U.S. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the No. 25-ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 800 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and on its satellite campus in downtown Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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