Ramin Sedehi is a senior advisor/managing director to BRG’s Higher Education practice. He is the chief operating officer of the American University of Beirut, where he is a member of the executive leadership team and principally responsible for the financial and operational health of the institution.
Mr. Sedehi's expertise is in the strategic, academic, and restructuring and performance improvement dimensions of universities and colleges, including related entities such as academic medical centers and research organizations. Mr. Sedehi’s particular focus in consulting centers on enabling organizational leaders to lead institutions through transformative change by engaging holistic and adaptive strategies.
Mr. Sedehi has been a highly successful strategic leader and has more than 20 years of experience leading institutions through times of great change. He has built robust, responsive, and sustainable organizations centered on service, expertise, and effectiveness. In his decades of leadership at several world-class institutions, he enacted multiple strategic plans; led restructuring efforts and created long-term performance improvement plans to restore fiscal health and seed investments; constructed budgeting processes and large-scale systems to improve decision making; and worked with faculty, academic leaders, and boards to build trust and enhance collaboration to innovate and lead in an environment of great complexity.
Mr. Sedehi served for 12 years as the vice dean (CFO and COO) at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences, a $500 million enterprise, one of the largest schools at Penn, and a leader in liberal arts education and research. He led the school through its most extensive physical, organizational, and financial transformation in the last 35 years. During Mr. Sedehi’s tenure, the university gained in national reputation by moving from 12th to 4th place in the U.S. News rankings; the school reversed longstanding deficits and doubled its financial and physical resources, along with substantial improvement in its academic indicators.
As an award-winning faculty member at Penn’s Fels Institute of Government, Mr. Sedehi regularly taught graduate courses in Financial Management and Budgeting and in Leadership and Strategy for Complex Organizations.
Before Penn, Mr. Sedehi served in financial and organizational leadership positions at the University of California, San Francisco and at UCSF Stanford Health Care. He was a key member of the financial leadership team responsible for the merger with Stanford Hospital System. He worked with CEOs, CFOs, and deans of the various institutions involved in the merger and, in particular, led the development of the common funds flow arrangement between UCSF Stanford Health Care and the two medical schools.
California State University, Hayward
Graduate studies in Public Administration, Public Policy emphasis (ABT)
News & Insights
- University BusinessJanuary 23, 2013
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- November 9, 2015
- October 27, 2015
- November 14-15, 2013
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- BRG press releaseFebruary 2, 2016
- Education DiveAugust 12, 2015
- Universities.comJune 12, 2015
- GoodCallMay 28, 2015
- GoodCallMay 26, 2015
- GoodCallApril 29, 2015
- U.S. News & World ReportMarch 9, 2015
- Quarter Moon RadioJanuary 27, 2015
- U.S. News & World ReportJanuary 16, 2015
- Recruiting & Retaining Adult LearnersApril 2014
- Sacramento BeeMay 1, 2013
- Dean & ProvostFebruary 2013
- Investor's Business DailyJanuary 11, 2013
- The Guardian ExpressAugust 27, 2012
American Society for Public Administration
Government Finance Officers Association
National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers, Eastern Division
National Health Lawyers Association
Medicare National Committee on Graduate Medical Education, Interns, and Residents Information System, 1993
San Francisco Commission on Children’s Health Insurance Program, 1991–1995