Denise O'Donnell

CFO/COO – Vice President of Finance, Operations, and Human Resources


Denise O'Donnell

CFO/COO – Vice President of Finance, Operations, and Human Resources


Denise O’Donnell is a young, fresh, and modern CFO who earned her first Vice President position at 26-years old and brings to the table a wealth of knowledge from the accounting and business world, in particular, higher education.  She has express strengths in mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financial reporting and analysis, Higher Education strategic planning, and long-term budgetary oversight. With an abundance of international experience, Denise has a strong understanding of different financial policy across North America and Europe.

In her previous role at Hocking College Denise has oversight of areas such as finance, financial aid, athletics, grants, and the Hocking College Foundation. During her tenure, she tenaciously strived for excellence in entrepreneurship in higher education where she led and designed projects such as the opening of the Medical Marijuana Testing Lab, a Water Park, a Dog Grooming and Boarding Facility, and a Distillery to name a few.

Denise currently holds the Certified Non-Profit Accounting designation and serves in the role of Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operations Officer – Vice President of Finance, Operations, and Human Resources at the Kentucky College of Art + Design.

Prior to Hocking Denise has come through the ranks at other institutions of higher education, and before that, she worked within the Coal industry and has held various positions in the public auditing sector.

In addition to her career, Denise furnishes relationships with Non-Profit Organizations and counsels on varied industry advisory boards. Her true passion lies in teaching where she has taught a variety of accounting and business courses at the University and Community College level.

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Contact Information

Office of Admissions
Kentucky College of Art + Design
505 West Ormsby Avenue
Louisville, KY 40203

502.430.6191

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