March 7, 2018
UNT System Chancellor Lesa Roe today announced that Gary Rahlfs, former PepsiCo Vice President of Finance, will serve as Vice Chancellor for Finance of the UNT System. Rahlfs, who was offered the position following a national search, will start with the UNT System on March 26. He will replace Interim Vice Chancellor Bob Brown, who will remain Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of North Texas. Brown will assist with the transition through the end of May.
“Gary Rahlfs wowed our search committee – which included our UNT System Presidents and board members – during the interview process,” Roe said. “Gary is a leader with a proven track record of success and growth in a high-profile, competitive setting with PepsiCo. He will assume leadership of a strong and experienced team that will compliment his strengths.”
In his role at the UNT System, Rahlfs will oversee the UNT System’s $1 billion budget and serve as the organization’s chief financial officer. He brings more than 20 years of experience in core operating finance roles to the UNT System. He is a proven leader and talent developer, with strong recruiting and retention skills. While at PepsiCo, Rahlfs served as a vice president of finance, chief financial officer of PepsiCo Foods, vice president of sales finance for Frito-Lay’s US South Division, vice president for the office of the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, with additional leadership roles in finance and financial planning and analysis. Prior to working at PepsiCo, Rahlfs served as an audit manager for KPMG in Dallas.
“After nearly three decades working in the corporate sector, I am excited for the opportunity to serve the University of North Texas System,” Rahlfs said, “I am grateful for the confidence that Chancellor Roe and the search committee have shown in my leadership abilities. I look forward to working with our universities and talented people as we strive to create a culture of continuous improvement and a financial organization that is strategic, efficient, and effective – both operationally, as well as from a customer service standpoint.”
Rahlfs has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from West Texas A&M University and a master’s in business administration from University of Texas, Austin.
Following a transitionary period, Brown will return to his full-time position at UNT.
“I am deeply grateful to Bob Brown for stepping in as Interim Vice Chancellor for Finance over the past four months – he has tirelessly served our system, while also continuing to lead UNT’s financial organization in his day job,” Roe said. “Bob’s leadership, financial expertise and steady hand during a time of transition have been invaluable, and his willingness to take on more truly defines the culture of teamwork and collaboration we are working to build at the UNT System.”
About the UNT System
The University of North Texas System includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the University of North Texas at Dallas. The UNT System is the only public university system headquartered in Dallas-Fort Worth – the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students. UNT System institutions award more than 9,000 degrees each year – including the largest number of master’s and doctoral degrees in the DFW region. The UNT System has an annual budget of $1 billion and boosts the Texas economy by $5.2 billion each year.