Under the direction of the Dean of WCM-Q, Mr. Sedehi as the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), provides leadership over non-academic administrative functions in support of the education, research and clinical activities of the College. The CAO oversees business services and finance, budgeting, environmental health, safety and security, facilities management, human resources, information technology services, legal services, risk management and strategic planning.
Prior to joining WCM-Q, Mr. Sedehi was the Chief Operating Officer at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and under the direction of the President, responsible for the financial and operational health of the institution. He served on AUB’s Executive Leadership Team composed of the President, the Provost, the Executive Vice President for Medicine, and the COO. During his time at AUB, Mr. Sedehi led the development of a multi-year financial plan aimed at providing significant new investments in research, student life and infrastructure. He was appointed by the President to lead the development of the campus master plan AUB 2030, University Reimagined and its coordination with the Strategic Academic Plan, and the Development Plan. Mr. Sedehi also led the development of an Integrated Institutional Compliance Program and initiatives to streamline administrative functions.
Prior to AUB, Mr. Sedehi was the founding Managing Director of the Higher Education Practice at the Berkeley Research Group (BRG), an internationally prominent economic consulting practice. The practice primarily engaged in academic and strategic planning as well as restructuring and turnaround consulting.
Prior to BRG, Mr. Sedehi served for 12 years as the Vice Dean for Finance and Administration at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences. At Penn, he led the school through its most extensive physical, organizational, and financial transformation. In addition, as an adjunct faculty at the Fels Institute of Government, Mr. Sedehi was an award-winning teacher on courses on Financial Management and Organizational Leadership.
Prior to Penn, Mr. Sedehi served in a number of financial and organizational leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and at UCSF Stanford Health Care. As a member of the financial leadership team responsible for the merger with Stanford Hospital System, and in that capacity, he worked with CEOs, CFOs, and deans of the two institutions and led the development of the common funds flow arrangement and clinical-financial relationships between UCSF Stanford Health Care and the two medical schools.
Mr. Sedehi is a frequent speaker and author on issues facing higher education. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and has completed graduate studies in Public Administration at California State University, Hayward.