Connie Kanter Named Chief Financial Officer

By Casey Corr

Seattle University announced that Connie Kanter, a business leader recognized for exceptional skills in financial management, systems development and strategic planning, has been appointed chief financial officer and vice president for finance and business afairs, effective May 21.  

Kanter’s appointment was made by SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., following a national search process. Her selection was confirmed by the university Board of Trustees Feb. 23. As CFO, she will report to the president.  

“I’m thrilled to welcome Connie,” Father Sundborg says. “She arrives at a time when our academic programs are increasingly being recognized for their excellence and our institution, as a whole, is growing.  She brings an array of skills to assure continued stewardship of our finances and strategic planning,  as well as a commitment to community service that fits well with our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university.”  

Kanter says she is honored to join Seattle University.  

“Seattle University is a remarkable institution whose mission of providing outstanding academics, complemented by a commitment to leadership development, social justice and the community, attracted me to this position,” she says. “I am excited to be joining a team of committed professionals who have made Seattle University the premier independent university in the Pacific Northwest.”  

Originally from Philadelphia, Kanter has been a member of the Seattle business community since 1983, when she began as a cost accountant with Hewlett-Packard. At age 34, she was named vice president and chief financial officer of Physio-Control, the Redmond-based medical device company. She went on to leadership roles at other companies and organizations, including most recently controller for Redmond-based Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, developer of the Clarisonic cleansing systems, with global sales of more than $100 million annually. 

In addition to her corporate roles, Kanter is currently a trustee of the Samis Foundation and has served the community as a board member of Kline Galland Center, Seattle Hebrew Academy and the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.   

Kanter earned her bachelor of science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from the University of Chicago.  

Seattle University’s annual operating budget is nearly $200 million.  Annual capital projects average $13 to $15 million.


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