About the Owner

Mary Spina Wheeler is a nationally-recognized Higher Education and Nonprofit Accounting, Finance and Administrative pacesetter. She has been lauded by colleagues and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) as a subject matter expert and valued resource on nonprofit accounting strategy formulation, implementation and administration.  

Mary is a skilled financial administrator and respected nonprofit finance/accounting strategist with expertise in

  • Accounting
  • Procurement
  • Finance
  • Grants
  • Controls
  • Financial systems
  • Endowments
  • Policy development
  • Budgeting
  • University financial administration

Her career experience includes a background in public accounting followed by more than 15 years in high-profile financial management assignments with four universities and a large public university foundation.  In 2012 she was honored with the Daniel D. Robinson Award for Contributions to Higher Education Accounting and Reporting by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

Mary’s accomplishments include:

  • Reengineered organizations and processes to increase efficiency/productivity, upgrade financial reporting, strengthen controls, reduce operating expenses and propel income.
  • Instituted University organizational changes that reduced the annual audit fee by $100,000.
  • Successfully managed the on-time and on-budget implementation of the Kuali Financial System, transforming University Finance and Administration operations from paper-based to a completely automated digital system.
  • Author of the NACUBO Endowment Unitization Guide, a key resource for charitable organizations with endowments, universities and foundations.
  • Contributor to the NACUBO Financial Accounting and Reporting Manual (FARM) providing accounting and financial reporting guidance to public and independent colleges, universities and foundations.