Harvard's Financial Administration Department (FAD) is dedicated to supporting the teaching and research missions of Harvard University by providing outstanding financial services to the Harvard community; by providing support, guidance and consultation; by working to ensure compliance with University and federal guidelines; by mitigating risk; and by promoting the financial health of the University.

FAD is responsible for oversight of the University’s finances, including efficient and accurate transaction processing, financial reporting, budgeting and financial planning, cash and debt management, internal audit services, risk management and sponsored program administration. 

The department, led by the Vice President for Finance (VPF), is comprised of eight reporting units:


To consistently deliver high-quality, innovative service and leadership in financial planning, analysis, operations and compliance, in support of Harvard’s teaching and research objectives.

We aspire to provide the Harvard community with outstanding financial services to enable the dissemination of knowledge and the advancement of intellectual discovery. We commit to steward the University’s assets efficiently, such that resources are assured for current and future generations of faculty and students.