Dean Kossou is the chief financial officer of the Office of the Dean of the College, with responsibility for the design, allocation, and management of financial, human, and physical resources and operations. She coordinates the funding and administration of new undergraduate academic initiatives that emerge from the University’s strategic planning process. She has a secondary reporting role to the Office of the Provost.
Prior to her appointment as dean of finance, Catherine most recently served in the Office of Finance and Treasury as Director of Funds Management, Reporting, and Analysis. She played a key role in the development of the chart of accounts and financial reports for Princeton Prime, and worked closely with the Office of Information Technology on the development of Princeton’s first integrated financial information warehouse. In addition, she staffed several special projects, including the ad hoc working group that evaluated the University's freshman orientation and recommended changes that were implemented in the fall of 2015. Prior to joining Princeton, Dean Kossou held a number of financial leadership roles at New York University, where she joined the administration in 2003. She served as Assistant Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, overseeing financial operations for the Abu Dhabi campus and also as Assistant Vice President, managing the financial operation of the Campus Services organization. Before going to NYU, Catherine held several financial management roles at SBC Communications, including her most recent position as Director for the Consumer Revenue Planning & Reporting for thirteen states. Catherine received her Bachelor’s in Public Administration from the University of Benin, in West Africa, and earned an M.B.A at the University of Laval, in Quebec.