133: Using Data to Spur Innovation, Support Strategy with Delaware State's Teresa Hardee

Dr. Teresa Hardee Chief Operating Officer Delaware State University

Dr. Teresa Hardee
Chief Operating Officer
Delaware State University

What does sustainability look like? That’s the question at hand on the show this week, as we navigate the waters of innovation and decision making through strategic use of data. Dr. Teresa Hardee, CFO and CBO at Delaware State University, joins us to share her institution’s story of breaking down silos, encouraging institution-wide participation, and creating a culture of transparency around the numbers.

One of the unique elements of this transformation is DSU’s Data Transformation Team. This team includes faculty and academic leadership, administration, finance, institutional research, marketing and a data scientist. Their role is to serve the institution as a resource in strategic decision making, and foundational support to back up the more creative initiatives they aim to achieve.

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About Dr. Teresa Hardee

Currently serving as Delaware State University’s Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Teresa Hardee brings over 20 years of accounting, auditing, budgeting, and managerial experience. Dr. Hardee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (and a minor in Accounting) from Fayetteville State University, Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hardee is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Since joining Delaware State University, Dr. Hardee’s leadership has produced unprecedented standards of improving financial oversight and manageability, business-process management and leveraging technological advancements to ensure effective and efficient processes. Prior to Delaware State University, Dr. Hardee served as Chief Financial Officer of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Dr. Hardee’s transformational leadership has generated clean audits, performance improvements, strategic re-engineering, etc. She has been a member of the Executive Management Team for the last 10 years.