Tiffany Farina, EdD, CRA, CFRA

Associate Dean for Finance and Business
Finance Office


Tiffany Farina is the associate dean for finance and business with more than 10 years of experience in higher education administration and leadership. She has a passion for creating inclusive, affordable, and accessible educational experiences. Tiffany has a successful track record in both education and industry where she has extensive experience collaborating across functional areas to address emerging challenges and dynamic needs. At the University of New Hampshire, Tiffany developed a campus-wide reporting strategy that helped principal investigators manage their research portfolios in a timely, compliant manner. And at Liberty Mutual, Tiffany supported the nationwide rollout of a workforce management solution to improve productivity and efficiency for over 4,000 claims adjusters. Tiffany received a doctorate in education at North Carolina State University. Her dissertation focused on improving equitable transfer rates between 2-year and 4-year institutions. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, exploring our beautiful state.

Staff/Administrative Duties

- Lead accountant for Gillings and the Public Health Foundation

- Budget planning, management and reporting

- Financial and budgetary policy development and implementation

- Audit and compliance

- Financial communications

- Gillings financial representative on campus committees


  • EdD, Community College Leadership, North Carolina State University, 2024
  • MS, Accounting, Plymouth State University, 2017
  • CRA, Certified Research Administrator, Research Administrators Certification Council, 2017
  • CFA, Certified Financial Research Administrator, Research Administrators Certification Council, 2017
  • CPCU, Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, 2004
  • BS, Management, Keene State College, 2001