College of Arts & Sciences announces new business officer

February 14, 2023
By Randy Fiedler, Director of Marketing and Communications, College of Arts & Sciences, Baylor University

Amanda Dobbins has been named business officer at Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences, Dean Lee C. Nordt announced today. A financial professional with 20 years of experience as a financial administrator and accountant, Dobbins will begin at Baylor on April 24.

“We are delighted to have retained a person of Amanda Dobbins’ qualifications and many experiences to help lead the College of Arts & Sciences in all of its new financial and budgetary responsibilities,” Nordt said.

In the newly created position of business officer, Dobbins will oversee all of the business operations of the College of Arts & Sciences, providing financial oversight of the 25 academic departments, two academic programs and all other units that report to the Dean of Arts & Sciences. She will ensure appropriate accounting, reporting and financial compliance across the College, provide financial management guidance and support to the Dean, and will coordinate with other Baylor units to plan and support external funding opportunities.

“My family and I are excited to join the Baylor community,” Dobbins said. “I believe my experience and skillset will be an asset to the College of Arts & Sciences and complement the leadership team’s strategic initiatives.”

Dobbins comes to Baylor from the University of Alabama College of Education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she served as director of financial affairs from 2019-2023. Prior to that, she served as manager of fiscal and administrative affairs for the University of Alabama School of Social Work from 2015-2019, and as an accountant for the Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office in the University of Alabama from 2012-2015. She served as an accountant for law firms and an industrial firm in Alabama between 2003 and 2012.

A native of Kennedy, Alabama, Dobbins graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 2003 from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. She and her husband, Chris, have three children, Lily, 12, Luke, 10, and Lane, 5.