Gerald Hunter, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, was one of 18 financial executives honored at The Business Journal’s annual CFO of the Year Awards program on July 27 at High Point University.

The Triad area competition recognized CFOs from five different areas and Hunter was a finalist in the Government Category, which was won by Denise C. Bell, CFO for the City of Winston-Salem.  Hunter was selected as a finalist because of his vision and planning that have been key in allowing the university to mitigate the effects of state budget reductions on the campus.  He was also noted for his grace and patience in dealing with the budget uncertainty.

“CFOs have long been key advisers wherever they work, but it is evident that their stock is only going up,” said Douglas W. Copeland, Jr. president and publisher of The Business Journal of the Triad.  “Increasingly, CFOs are being called up by top executives as strategic thinkers and problem solvers.”