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UPCEA’s Finance Department Grows, Welcomes Tanya Smith

A person (Tanya Smith) smilingUPCEA proudly welcomes Tanya Smith as the association’s new Controller. Tanya is a Certified Public Accountant with an extensive background in higher education. Prior to joining UPCEA’s Finance and Accounting team, she dedicated 25 years to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), where she most recently served as the Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting.

During her tenure at UAH, Tanya was responsible for overseeing the financial reporting functions for both UAH and the UAH Foundation, providing critical technical direction, and ensuring compliance with regulatory standards. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA from Alabama A&M University. She also earned a Master of Science in Cybersecurity from The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

As Controller, Tanya will oversee and manage all aspects of UPCEA’s accounting functions, including ensuring financial accuracy, compliance with relevant regulations, and providing timely financial reports for internal and external stakeholders. She will also play a key role in supporting the Finance Committee by providing financial information and analysis to make informed decisions.

“I’m thrilled to officially welcome Tanya to the UPCEA team as our new Controller!” said Opal Hawkins, UPCEA’s Chief Financial Officer. “Tanya brings a wealth of experience to the table, combining her strong understanding of the higher education landscape with her proven accounting and financial expertise. This unique combination will be instrumental in supporting our continued growth and success.”

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