Stefano Falconi has thirty years of experience as an academic innovator in higher education, especially in the areas of strategic planning, academic governance, finance, operations, information technology, research administration and capital projects.

He brings an established record of success in managing the finance and operations of major research-intensive universities (Harvard University, MIT, Carnegie Mellon) and in turning around financially distressed smaller institutions, together with a deep commitment to the larger mission of the academic enterprise.

Before joining BRG, Mr. Falconi served as senior vice president for Finance and Administration and treasurer at Simmons College in Boston, where he oversaw finance and business operations of the college.

Before joining Simmons, he was vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, and before that vice president for Administration and chief financial officer of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, he was director of Finance at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was responsible for strategic financial planning, budgeting, and capital planning. While at MIT, Mr. Falconi collaborated closely with the Institute’s treasurer in the areas of bond issues and relations with investment bankers and credit rating agencies.

Before joining MIT, Mr. Falconi had a long career at Harvard University, where he held several positions in the academic planning, sponsored research, and finance areas. At Harvard, MIT, and Stevens, he directed the development and deployment of innovative management information systems for utilization in those institutions’ financial planning and budgeting processes. He also coauthored a strategic financial planning model for universities.

Mr. Falconi holds a J.D. maxima cum laude from the University of Padua in Italy and an MBA with second-year honors from the Harvard School of Business Administration, with a concentration in corporate finance. He is a member in good standing of the Italian Bar and practiced corporate law for several years in Italy prior to moving to the United States. His other areas of expertise include automotive engineering, systems architecture, and watch design and technology.

Employment History

Simmons College
Senior vice president, Finance and Administration

Stevens Institute of Technology
Vice president

Carnegie Mellon University
Vice president for Administration and CFO

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of Finance

Harvard University
Director, Office of Cost Analysis

Areas of Expertise


Harvard Graduate School

Universita di Padova