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Vice President for Administration and Finance

Kurtis D. Lohide

Kurtis D. Lohide joined the The California Maritime Academy in February 2012 as vice president for administration and finance. His responsibilities include auxiliary services, budget planning and administration, controller's office and accounting, procurement and risk management, facilities management and planning, information technology, and public safety.

Reporting to the president, Lohide serves as the institution’s chief financial officer, responsible for the university’s financial, physical and human resources. The six departments Lohide oversees within the division include fiscal services, facilities management, information technology, staff and faculty human resources and public safety. There are approximately 55 staff members within the administration and finance division.

Lohide brings to Cal Maritime more than 30 years of senior level leadership and managerial skills, both in higher education and in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to joining Cal Maritime, he served as Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services for Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. In that role, he managed an annual $120 million budget and provided all administrative and financial services to ensure the success of more than 1,000 university faculty and staff along with more than 8,000 students across three campuses.

Prior to joining Winona State University in 2008, Lohide retired with the rank of colonel after a distinguished career in the US Air Force that included serving as staff director for the Air Force Smart Operations-21, where he directed business transformation practices throughout the United States for the Air Force Warfare Center. In that role, he championed alternative energy programs and oversaw process improvements in personnel, supply and maintenance to improve service and better utilize resources.

He also served as Commander of the 435th Air Base Wing at Ramstein, Germany, where he was responsible for all aspects of the budget, finance, base operations, communications, security, human resources and other personnel services for the largest support wing in the U.S. Air Force.

Lohide obtained his undergraduate degree in journalism and English at Indiana University. He also earned three master's degrees — two from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (Master of Arts and Sciences in both general studies and operations), and a Master of Science Degree in national security strategy from the National Defense University.