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Kenneth Buchanan

Kenneth Buchanan has been appointed vice president for business and finance at the University of Mount Olive.

Buchanan will be responsible for all financial and fiscal management aspects of the university, UMO said Aug. 17 in a news release announcing his appointment.

He will provide leadership and coordination in UMO’s administrative, planning, accounting and budgeting efforts, the university said in the news release.

“I feel blessed to be part of President (Edward) Croom’s team and appreciate the opportunity to be part of the UMO family,” Buchanan said in the news release. “I want to use my knowledge and experience to help continue moving the university forward.”

Buchanan, who has relocated to Mount Olive from western North Carolina, has worked most of his career in nonprofit higher education.

Buchanan previously served as vice president for finance and administration and chief financial officer at Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem. He held a similar role at Lees McRae College in Banner Elk. He also has taught accounting and finance at McDowell Technical Community College.

Buchanan is a member of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, North Carolina Association of CPAs and the Rotary Club. He has served on the boards of the Western Carolina Chapter of Credit Unions, the Banner Elk Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Craft Creativity and Design. He also has served as vice chairman of the finance committee at his church.

Buchanan and his wife, Donna, have a daughter, Jennifer, and a grandson, Aidan.

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The university is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.