Darrell Bazzell is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, he serves as the financial steward of the university’s resources and as the chief executive for the Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) portfolio – which is comprised of the infrastructure and operations units with more than 2,300 employees dedicated to providing exemplary and responsive support services to the campus community .
As CFO, he has championed long-term budgetary strategies in support of the university’s research and educational missions and efforts to modernize business systems. Under Bazzell’s leadership, key campus services prioritize partnerships with academic affairs, student affairs, and research to bring a high level of support to the university’s students, faculty, and staff.
Responsible for the largest portfolio of campus services, Bazzell has begun initiatives focused on improving business processes to better serve faculty, staff, and students while gaining much needed efficiencies. Departments responsible for campus safety, information security, finances, human resources, information technology, facilities, and other business transactions and services, are committed to providing reliable and seamless support to their university customers while exploring ways to improve current business practices.
As UT Austin’s Senior VP and CFO, he heads the Council of University Business Officers (CUBO), and serves on the Vice Presidents Council, University Business Council, Core Crisis Management Team, Executive Compliance Committee (ECC), and a number of other executive leadership groups.
Bazzell came to UT Austin in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as the vice chancellor for finance and administration for 13 years. He was responsible for the university's financial, administrative and auxiliary functions and helped steward Wisconsin’s flagship public university through several state budget-writing processes and efforts to promote high-quality campus services, including the development and implementation of modernized financial models, business practices, and enterprise IT tools.
Prior to his role at UW-Madison, he devoted 18 years of service to the State of Wisconsin working in various leadership, budget and analyst roles, including an appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1984 from UW-Madison and built formidable ties within the community there and in Austin.
Bazzell received the “Big Brother of the Year for Wisconsin” award in 2014. He has also served as a former president of Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, the Urban League of Greater Madison, 100 Black Men of Madison, the Wisconsin Association of Black Public Sector Employees and the Gathering Waters Conservancy. In Austin, he is a board member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Austin Community Foundation Board of Governors.