J. Michael Gower

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, & University Treasurer, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Michael Gower is the Executive Vice President – Chief Financial Officer & University Treasurer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  Gower is responsible for financial management, planning, procurement, strategic administrative systems initiatives, enterprise risk management, and ethics and compliance. He oversees Human Resources and Information Technology through the respective Senior Vice Presidents. 

Prior to Rutgers, Gower was Vice President for Business Affairs and Chief Financial Officer at Yeshiva University, Vice President for Finance and Administration and University Treasurer at the University of Vermont, and a higher education management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. He held earlier accounting and financial management roles at Cornell University and Duke University.  

Gower is a past Chair of the Board of Directors for EACUBO, serving in numerous other roles over the past 25 years.  He was the former chair of the Research Universities Council for NACUBO, was a member of NACUBO’s Board of Directors, and chaired its Committee on the Effective Use of Analytics.  He was the recipient of NACUBO’s Professional Development Award in 2008 and EACUBO’s Distinguished Service Award in 2019.  He was a member of TIAA’s Advisory Council, and he is currently a member of the Scholar Rescue Fund Selection Committee of the Institute for International Education.