Marilee Montanaro, Ed.D., M.B.A.

Marilee MontanaroVice President for Administration & Finance

Office: Wildy Hall, 1st Floor

Phone: (618) 537-6838


Ed.D, Executive Leadership, St. John Fisher College

M.B.A., Finance and Corporate Accounting, University of Rochester

B.A., Health & Society, University of Rochester


Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic planning and action plan development

  • Internal control development

  • Information Technology implementation for administrative operations

  • Talent management

  • Policy development and implementation

  • Audit engagement management

  • Risk management


Dr. Montanaro has worked in higher education for more than 35 years, holding positions in nearly all areas of the industry.  She served as grants administrator for a physics department where she managed contracts with the Department of Energy, National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As the financial manager of an information technology department, she developed financial models and reports that provided better understanding of the value of technology resources. As the director of finance for auxiliary operations supporting 13,000 full-time undergraduate students, she reported on financial operations for student housing and dining.  As part of the finance team in a controller’s office, she prepared financial statements for multiple entities and managed independent audits of those areas.  

Dr. Montanaro joined McKendree University in August 2018. In her current role, she works closely with the members of the Board of Trustees’ Committees on Financial Affairs & Endowment and Investments to develop financial priorities.  She oversees Human Resources, General Accounting & Accounts Payable and Student Accounts operations.