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DRI Welcomes Sheldon Flom as New Vice President for Finance and Business

Reno, NV: The Desert Research Institute proudly announced today that Sheldon Flom, CPA has been named the Institute’s new Vice President for Finance and Business.  
 
Flom has more than 30 years of financial management and administrative experience, having served in both the private sector and in higher education at two of Wyoming’s top community colleges.  
 
As Vice President for Finance and Business, Flom will lead DRI’s not-for-profit, entrepreneurial approach to scientific research and the application of new technologies, while providing financial management and business administration support to DRI’s diverse array of research faculty, students, research sponsors, and stakeholders.  
 
“This is a critical role for our unique science support enterprise,” said DRI President, Dr. Kristen Averyt. “This position brings together our financial operations with a new strategic approach to business and R&D planning, and I’m confident that Sheldon’s demonstrated leadership and experience will help ensure DRI’s short- and long-term financial stability.”  
 
As the Vice President of Administrative Services for Western Wyoming Community College, Flom managed all administrative services functions including financial, grant administration, information technology, human resources, and physical resources and oversaw the College’s facility master plan update and renovations.  
 
Previously, he served at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming as Interim Vice President of Administrative Services for one year and as Finance Director for eight years prior. Before his time in higher education, Flom worked in the private sector as controller and CFO for Alaska Personnel, Inc., where he designed a cost accounting system that helped the company secure a $70 million Office of Naval Research research and design project. 
 
“I am truly honored to be here in Nevada serving the incredible scientists and students at DRI,” said Flom. “I’m looking forward to being on the DRI team and being a part of all of our wonderful projects that benfit Nevada, our nation, and the world.”  
 
Flom has two Bachelors of Science and an MBA from the University of Wyoming. 
 
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The Desert Research Institute (DRI) is a recognized world leader in basic and applied interdisciplinary research. Committed to scientific excellence and integrity, DRI faculty, students, and staff have developed scientific knowledge and innovative technologies in research projects around the globe. Since 1959, DRI's research has advanced scientific knowledge, supported Nevada's diversifying economy, provided science-based educational opportunities, and informed policy makers, business leaders, and community members. With campuses in Reno and Las Vegas, DRI serves as the non-profit research arm of the Nevada System of Higher Education.

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