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Division Spotlight: Pat Fillippa

Posted by: Jennifer Stevens | July 10, 2014 | No Comment |


Pat Fillippa, Controller’s Office

Briefly describe your role.

As Deputy Controller, my role consists of supporting our office and other departments, as needed; maintaining the financial system (upgrade testing, module implementations, troubleshooting, etc.), chart of accounts maintenance and oversight, finance system security maintenance, writing financial reports, tax compliance, financial policy and procedure development and oversight, providing audit support at year-end.

What is the function of your department?

The Controller’s Office provides an array of services to the students, faculty, and staff incorporating best business practices and compliance with financial and tax regulations.  Our office is charged with the responsibilities inclusive of general accounting and financial reporting; developing and maintaining the accounting information system consisting of accounts payable, general ledger and fixed assets; grants and contract administration, tax compliance, and compliance with State and Federal laws as well as accounting standards.

How long have you been working at the College?

In August, I will have been at the College three years.

What brought you to the College?

While living in NC, we had been discussing moving closer to family for some time and heading back to Pittsburgh where my family lives was not in my plans. I love them, but I don’t miss living there (but still follow the sports scene of course, why wouldn’t I, it’s Pittsburgh).  So, when the opportunity to continue my career in higher education at the College presented itself, I was glad to jump at the chance. The work atmosphere, being close to my wife’s family (as long as they don’t just show up too often…), and the Charleston lifestyle has been good for us all.

What do you like most about your job?

I like the people, collaboration, and the fact that people are open and willing to share information and work together.

 What are some of your favorite memories from the College?

I’m still working on memories since I’m fairly new, but I have enjoyed walking around the campus and city at lunch and just taking it all in.

The group lunches in our department are a highlight for sure. They take good care of me with the food, especially the mac and cheese and red rice. I’m still trying to figure out how to get Maddy out of the picture so that I can enjoy her share of the red rice.

What are your hobbies and interests?

My main hobby is hanging with my wife Deirdre, and our boys Aidan (10) and Killian (5).  The boys are a handful (just like their mom…), and thankfully she puts up with all three of her boys, including me.

I enjoy playing ice hockey, listening to music, hiking, and the beach.  It’s tough to beat the fact that I can go to the beach in the morning and play ice hockey that same night.

What is something that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?

The main thing that would be a surprise I guess would be the fact that my real last name is not originally Fillippa. Witness protection is touchy about these things and I’ve already said too much…

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