Nicholas B. Milowski was appointed Fordham’s vice president for finance, effective Monday, December 7, 2015.
Milowski comes to Fordham from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, where as controller, he led accounting and finance functions since 2013. He will report to Martha Hirst, the University’s senior vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer.
“I am pleased to welcome Mr. Milowski to Fordham,” said Joseph M. McShane, SJ, president of the University. “In addition to key experience in nonprofit finances, he brings to Fordham a track record of innovation and leadership. I know you will all join me and the Board of Trustees in welcoming Mr. Milowski to the Fordham family.”
During his tenure at Helmsley, a period of significant growth for the trust, Milowski managed a number of important initiatives around the trust’s financial infrastructure and operations, including instituting an enterprise-wide financial accounting, planning, and human resources system; institutionalizing business practices; and designing solutions to support scalable and sustainable business processes and internal controls.
He served as a senior manager at KPMG—one of the “Big 4” accounting firms—in both New York and Switzerland from 2004 to 2013. At KPMG, Milowski was responsible for day-to-day management of $4 million in client business, specializing in providing audit and attestation services to large higher education and other nonprofit organizations, including Fordham University. He previously worked at Arthur Andersen and Grant Thornton, also specializing in not-for-profit institutions.
Milowski holds two bachelor’s degrees from the College of the Holy Cross, in economics/accounting and in German studies, and studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany. He is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also serves on the board of directors of Social Accountability International, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in New York City.
Milowski lives on Long Island with his wife and two children.