Shannon Cullinan was appointed vice president for finance at the University of Notre Dame in January 2017. In this role, he directs the offices of Treasury Services, Budget and Financial Planning, Procurement Services, Northeast Neighborhood Redevelopment, and the Controller’s Group. His responsibilities cover University budgets, capital planning, treasury management, procurement, real estate acquisitions and development, financial reporting and analysis, accounting and financial services, tax services, research and sponsored programs accounting, payroll, and accounts payable.
Cullinan most recently served as the associate vice president for University Relations, a role in which he worked closely with trustee leadership, executive leadership, deans, and the University Relations team to oversee Notre Dame’s advancement and campaign efforts.
Cullinan graduated from Notre Dame in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. He returned to his alma mater in 2000, serving first as assistant vice president for Public Affairs and Communications. He went on to serve as assistant vice president for Development, and associate vice president for Continuous Improvement and Campus Services, with oversight for more than a dozen departments and 400 employees.
For four years prior to joining the University, Cullinan served as the associate executive director of the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, establishing it as a national model. During his tenure at the center, he served as the controller and created a commercial landscape business employing homeless men and women. He also owned and operated an advertising company before working at the center.
He earned his master of business administration degree with highest honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Cullinan received a Notre Dame Presidential Leadership Award in 2012 and serves on the Beacon Health System Foundation Board. He and his wife, Sarah (ND ’95) are the proud parents of four children.