Ramin 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 was the chief operating officer of the American University of Beirut, where he was a member of the executive leadership team and principally responsible for the financial and operational health of the institution.

His 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 twenty 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 twelve 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 thirty-five years. During Mr. Sedehi’s tenure, the university gained in national reputation by moving from twelfth to fourth place in the US 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.

Professional Affiliations

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

Areas of Expertise


California State University, Hayward
Graduate studies in Public Administration, Public Policy emphasis (ABT)
BA, Chemistry