Leader Named to New Risk Management Initiative

March 15, 2021 | News, UToday
By Meghan Cunningham

An experienced risk manager is joining The University of Toledo to lead the new enterprise risk management initiative.

Douglas Huffner will join UToledo as associate vice president for risk management and chief risk officer effective April 19.

Huffner is known as a leader in the risk management field and most recently served as senior director and chief risk officer at Ohio State University, a position he has held since 2012. He developed and implemented enterprise risk management for the university and hospital system and oversees the risk management, insurance, business continuity, loss control and international risk management programs.

Douglas Huffner headshot

Douglas Huffner

“I look forward to joining the UToledo community and working collaboratively with new colleagues to establish a risk management program that identifies, assesses and mitigates risk across the complex institution to support our shared goals,” Huffner said.

Huffner will lead the creation of a new enterprise risk management program at UToledo that will incorporate and leverage existing internal audit and compliance functions.

Creating the program is among the 2020-22 Key Initiatives identified by President Gregory Postel to tackle current obstacles and explore innovative ideas to prepare UToledo for the future.

“It’s critically important that we understand our risk landscape, and we put in place various mitigation efforts to ensure we are operating efficiently and achieving UToledo’s strategic goals,” said Matt Schroeder, executive vice president for finance and administration and CFO. “We are excited to have been able to attract a top expert in this field to our campus through our enhanced talent recruitment strategy in Human Resources under the leadership of John Elliott and Dr. Melissa Hurst.”

Prior to applying his expertise in higher education, Huffner was the director of legal and risk management at MRC Global, Inc., a Goldman Sachs portfolio company in Charleston, W.Va, and a senior risk management specialist for Aramark Corporation in Philadelphia, Pa.

Huffner earned his juris doctorate at Duquesne University School of Law and bachelor’s degree in business administration from Robert Morris University.

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