Midwestern University Chief Executive Officer Kathleen H. Goeppinger promoted four at the school.
Matthew Sweeney and Gregory O’Coyne were named, respectively, vice president/chief financial officer and vice president of finance.
Dr. Jeffrey Jensen was named dean of Arizona College of Podiatric Medicine. Victoria Franks was promoted to director of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Sweeney has been with the university since 2011, serving as the controller, and in 2020 he was promoted to assistant vice president. He helmed the day-to-day operations of the business services department on both campuses, including supervision of accounting, accounts payable, internal controls and financial reporting.
Before joining the university, Sweeney worked for Ernst & Young in its Chicago audit practice from 2001 to 2009. Sweeney earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota, and he is a certified public accountant registered in Illinois.
O’Coyne was most recently assistant vice president, student financial services and registrars, for both Midwestern campuses, overseeing student financial aid, student accounts and registrar activities, as well as the university’s institutional loan programs and ongoing compliance with the Higher Education Act.
He came to Midwestern as the director of accounting at the university’s Glendale campus from 2008 to early 2011 after working for Ernst & Young. He rejoined the university as director of student financial services in 2015 before being named assistant vice president in 2020. O’Coyne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and information systems from ASU, and he is a certified public accountant in Arizona.
Jensen joined Midwestern in 2017 as the program director for the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine in the College of Health Sciences. Prior to joining the university, Jensen was dean at the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine (2010 to 2014) and senior director of research at Barry University (2014 to 2017). An active researcher throughout his career, Jensen has been the principal investigator of more than 30 multicenter clinical trials for wound care-related drugs and medical devices.
Franks began her career at Midwestern University in 2008 as the assistant to the dean of the Arizona College of Optometry. She was promoted to executive assistant to the president in 2018.
Previously, she practiced business law in Veracruz, Mexico, and, upon relocating to the United States, taught Spanish as a certified K-12 Spanish language educator. She earned her Licentiate in Law degree from Universidad Cristobal Colón in Veracruz, Mexico, and her Master of Administration from NAU.
“The growth, mission and sustainability of Midwestern University depends on careful and thoughtful management practices,” Goeppinger said.
“We have been so fortunate to have skilled, strong leaders within our administration who are capable of managing and inspiring our university’s direction in educating tomorrow’s health care team.”