Vicki Piersall named CFO at George Fox University

July 20th, 2017

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Former Xerox, Schnitzer Steel and Sims Metal Management executive joins school that has enjoyed five consecutive record-breaking freshman enrollments

NEWBERG, Ore. – Vicki Piersall, who brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience at Xerox, Schnitzer Steel and Sims Metal Management, has been hired as chief financial officer at George Fox University. She will start work at the university on Aug. 4.

Piersall was worldwide controller and director of consolidation at Xerox, a leading printer company with annual revenue at the time of $22 billion. When Tektronix was acquired by Xerox in 1999, Piersall oversaw global consolidation efforts.

Piersall moved to Schnitzer Steel in 2002, serving as chief accounting officer and chief strategy officer. While there, she identified, recommended, negotiated, closed and integrated more than 20 acquisitions and oversaw an increase in the company’s facilities, from 10 to 58. During her tenure, the enterprise transformed into a significant international company and grew from $800 million to $4 billion in annual revenue over a 10-year period.

From 2012 to 2014, Piersall served as senior vice president of strategy and business development for Sims Metal Management. She assisted in the turnaround of the North American recycling business, taking it from the red into the black over a three-year period.

Since 2015, she has served as an independent consultant, providing expertise in the areas of financial business assessment and turnaround planning, strategic planning, and merger and acquisition transactions.

George Fox is one of the few private universities in the country to have five consecutive record-breaking freshman enrollments. As George Fox CFO, Piersall will work with the president’s executive team and the university board on strategic acquisitions, partnerships, and determining the best uses of cash resources to continue its growth.

“Vicki will bring a fresh perspective to the university. Her experience in strategic finance is just what we need at this point in the university’s history,” said George Fox University President Robin Baker.

Piersall has a bachelor of business administration degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in information technology from the University of Oregon.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Robin Baker
President, George Fox University

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