As vice president for Administration and Finance/Treasurer, Andrew Dorantes oversees the College’s Office of Business Affairs. This includes the areas of finance, budget, audit, investment/endowment, human Resources, facilities and maintenance, payroll, student accounts, emergency preparedness, dining services, and the mailroom.
Before joining Harvey Mudd College in 2003, Dorantes spent 14 years in public accounting. He was most recently a partner and consultant for a national firm that provides auditing, accounting, tax and advisory services to colleges, universities and other non-profit organizations. Prior to that, Andrew was employed in the City of Fullerton’s finance department, where he worked in the budget, general accounting, purchasing and risk management divisions.
From 2000–2006 Dorantes also held an adjunct faculty position at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA., and has taught auditing principles that equip students with the skills necessary for a career in public accounting and successful completion of the certified public accounting exam.
Dorantes holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He received his PhD (2014) from Claremont Graduate University, School of Educational Studies. His dissertation was on Financial Crises Management in Higher Education: How Private Colleges and Universities Responded to the 2007-2009 Financial Crises (The Great Recession). Dorantes has been a certified public accountant (CPA) in California since 1993 and is in the process of becoming certified by the Association of Fraud Examiners as a certified fraud examiner.
Dorantes has spoken at various non-profit conferences and written articles for publications such as Business Officer (published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers) on topics including deferred maintenance, financial management, non-profit tax issues, and accounting and auditing issues. He has also served on Western Association of Schools and Colleges’ capacity and preparatory review teams, which evaluate the financial condition of institutions applying for accreditation. In recognition of his extraordinary service to the College, Dorantes received the 2010 Henry T. Mudd Prize.