Michael Cheney, CPA, who has 31 years experience working with accounting, budgeting and financial systems, is the new director of finance for the Pierce College District.
In that capacity, Cheney will be responsible for managing the finances for the district’s Fort Steilacoom, Puyallup and extended learning campuses. The district has an operating budget of $37 million per year.
Cheney, formerly internal auditor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also has held a variety of positions within the Office of the State Auditor and the Office of Financial Management (OFM). While with OFM, Cheney was manager of statewide accounting where he led the state effort to comply with generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP). He also was responsible for preparation of the Washington Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) which, under his leadership, received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for 10 years in a row from the Government Financial Officers Association. At the WDFW, among other duties, he led the effort to develop the 2005-07 Strategic plan and linking it to performance measures in the agency.
Cheney is a member of the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA) and the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Business and Accounting Advisory Committee. He also has taught accounting at SPSCC.
Cheney earned an associate’s degree from Columbia College in Pasco and bachelors degrees in accounting and management information systems from Eastern Washington University in Cheney. He also completed strategic leadership training for state executives at the Governor’s Center at Duke University.