Biography and History

From 1972-2001, financial and administrative functions of Princeton University were managed by a succession of related and functionally overlapping offices. From 1972-1976, Paul Firstenberg served as financial vice president, while Carl W. Schafer served as treasurer, and Anthony Maruca served as vice president for administrative affairs.

From 1976-1987, Carl Schafer performed the functions of financial vice president as well as his existing treasurer functions in the restructured office of the financial vice president and treasurer, while Anthony Maruca continued as vice president for administrative affairs.

In 1988, a separate treasurer was again named, and the functions of the former vice president for administrative affairs were added to the functions of the financial vice president to create the office of the vice president for finance and administration. The vice president for finance and administration had responsibility for coordinating and developing policies and plans for the financial, administrative, and corporate operations of the University, and with charge, under the vommittee on Finance, of the funds, stocks, securities, and other investments of the Corporation, including off-campus real estate. The vice president for finance and administration also served as an ex officio member of the Council of the Princeton University Community and of its Committees on Priorities and on Resources. Richard R. Spies served in this position from its creation in 1988 until 2001, when the administrative and financial functions were once again divided between two separate offices: the office of the vice president for administration, and the office of the treasurer.

Paul Firstenberg is a graduate of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Harvard Law School. Firstenberg served as Princeton University's financial vice president from 1972-1976.

Carl Schafer first joined the administration of Princeton University in 1969 as director of budget. From 1972-1976, he served as Princeton University's treasurer, and from 1976-1987, he performed the functions of financial vice president as well as those of treasurer in the restructured Office of the financial vice president and treasurer.

Richard R. Spies earned a PhD in economics from Princeton University in 1972. From 1971-1988, he served in a series of progressively senior positions within the office of the provost. In 1988, he became the vice president for finance and administration, and he continued in that position until his departure from Princeton in 2001.

Laurel B. Harvey has worked in a variety of administrative positions at Princeton University since 1981, including positions related to finances and risk management. From around 1988 to around 1995, she served as the assistant vice president for finance and administration.

Source: From the finding aid for AC233

  • Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration records. 1972-2015 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC233

    From 1972-2001, financial and administrative functions of Princeton University were managed by a succession of related and functionally overlapping offices that ultimately came together in the position of vice president for finance and administration. This office held responsibility for coordinating and developing policies and plans for the financial, administrative, and corporate operations of the University, and with charge, under the Committee on Finance, of the funds, stocks, securities, and other investments of the Corporation, including off-campus real estate. The collection documents the activities of three consecutive administrators who held the position of vice president for finance, either solely or in combination with the roles of treasurer and vice president for administration: Paul B. Firstenberg (1972-1976), Carl W. Schafer (1976-1987), and Richard R. Spies (1988-2001). Also included are the records of Laurel B. Harvey, who served as assistant vice president for finance and administration under Schafer and Spies.

  • Office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs records. 1964-1989 (inclusive).

    Call Number: AC271

    During its existence from 1972-1988, the Office of the Vice President for Administrative Affairs had general oversight of Princeton University's administrative services, including human resources, campus security, health services, and purchasing. The records consist primarily of correspondence documenting the office's interactions with other administrative offices, academic departments, and advisory councils.