Henry Ford Community College Hires Financial Services VP


DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community College recently appointed John S. Satkowski as vice president of Financial Services. He officially joined the college on July 16.

Satkowski brings more than 36 years of experience in various upper management positions in the private sector and higher education. He and his family live in southeast Michigan.

Dr. Stan Jensen, president of Henry Ford Community College, believes Satkowski’s appointment is an important step forward for the College at a crucial time in the institution’s history.

“John brings a tremendous wealth of experience to his position, and truly cares for the students and people he works with,” he said. “He has an exceptional reputation in the financial services industry and the College will benefit greatly from his expertise for many, many years,” Jensen added.

In this role, Satkowski reports to Jensen and oversees all financial activities and functions at the college.

A 22-year veteran of higher education, Satkowski worked for the Medical College of Ohio for nine years, the University of Toledo for seven years and Owens Community College in Toledo for six years. During his time in higher education, he has held various positions, including budget director, associate vice-president for academic finances/operations and executive vice president of finance and operations.  

Prior to his career in higher education, Satkowski worked in the private sector for 15 years at Arthur Andersen & Company and later at Ernst & Young. He specialized in information technology system design and implementation and rose to the position of senior manager with significant responsibilities for developing and coordinating the mid-range computer consulting practice in Detroit. His duties included meeting with middle and upper management in presenting options for improving operations through the use of computer systems.

Satkowski earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Michigan, his graduate degree in Accounting from the University of Toledo and his juris doctorate in Law with certification in labor law and negotiations from the University of Toledo College of Law.

Some of his short and long-term goals at Henry Ford Community College include the development of an integrated, transparent budgeting process aligned with the strategic development process at Henry Ford Community College; working with greater numbers of faculty and staff to aid in building an appropriate college budget; and ensuring that all budgeting and financial operations support student services and college operations.