Lander University has tapped industry veteran Stacie A. Bowie to serve as its next vice president of finance and administration.

Bowie has served in a similar capacity at Coastal Carolina University, where she spent eight years as its chief financial officer. Most recently, she served as senior vice president of public finance for Stephens Inc., an independent financial services firm.

“In her role, Bowie acted as a higher education specialist and managed debt financing for higher education institutions, as well as school districts, municipalities and utilities,” according to a press release.

At Coastal Carolina, Bowie “delivered $86 million in savings through balance sheet restructuring and secured $263 million in financing for new construction and debt restructuring,” according to the release.

Bowie “brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this important role, from budgeting and planning, to developing and implementing strategic initiatives,” Lander President Richard Cosentino said in a statement. “Additionally, her familiarity with South Carolina’s higher education system – and its unique strengths, opportunities and challenges – will be instrumental in helping our university continue on its trajectory of record growth.”

Bowie has served as a financial controller “with a number of Fortune 1000 technology and construction management corporations,” according to the release. She has a doctorate of business administration from Rollins College, a Master of Business Administration from Coastal Carolina, and a bachelor’s in business administration and accounting from the University of Maryland University College.

“Having been in South Carolina higher education for years, I was very aware of Lander’s outstanding reputation throughout the state and with the members of the legislature,” Bowie said. “I am looking forward to getting to know the employees and becoming more familiar with Lander’s history, beautiful campus and surrounding community.”