The West Virginia University Division of Finance recently announced that Dixie Paletta has been named the new chief budget officer for WVU.
In this expanded role, Paletta will report to Paula Congelio, vice president and chief financial officer, and lead the University’s budget planning team by providing financial strategies and resource planning for WVU, as well as its colleges, departments, units and divisional campuses WVU Beckley and WVU Keyser.
Paletta will continue in her financial leadership role at Health Sciences, a position she has held since 2014. However, she also will oversee the overall operating and capital budget policies and processes for the University, and support the implementation of a redesigned budget model through the WVU Modernization Program.
“I am very excited that Dixie has been selected for this elevated role,” Congelio said. “She has significant insights and institutional knowledge from her time at the University, which will be instrumental as we roll out a new budget model at WVU that will promote greater transparency and allow for aligning resources with our strategic goals.”
Paletta assumes the chief budget officer role following the departure of Matt Tidd, who served in the position since 2017 and recently left the University to pursue outside opportunities.
She began her career at WVU in 2008 as the assistant director of student accounts and revenue services. She also held a leadership role in the University’s Internal Audit department before joining Health Sciences and eventually becoming the assistant vice president for budget and planning.
Paletta’s experience prior to WVU includes more than 20 years in business, government, public accounting and health care.
Paletta holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from California University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is also a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor and a certified fraud examiner.
“I’m excited to begin my new role at this critical time for the University,” Paletta said. “I look forward to working closely with our entire campus community as we redesign our budgeting process, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to expand my budgeting role and work with a talented team of individuals.”