Vice President, Finance and Operations
Veteran PLU educator and administrator Sheri Tonn was named Vice President for Finance and Operations in May 1999.
Tonn, who served as PLU's dean of information resources from 1997-2000, led the university's technology initiative, which resulted in the installation of high-speed network connections in each residence hall room, as well as the creation of several classrooms equipped with high-tech teaching aids.
From 1993 to 1997, Tonn was dean of PLU's natural sciences division. She was chair of the Department of Chemistry from 1989 to 1993 and has taught chemistry here since 1979. Before coming to PLU, she was a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn., from 1976 to 1979. She earned a doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1976, and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Oregon State University in 1971.
Tonn has been instrumental in securing many millions of dollars in grants for PLU's science program, lab safety, sustainability and various building upgrades. She is the recipient of over twenty grants and serves as the institutional representative for many of these.
Tonn also serves on the board of directors of ELCA Risk Management, an insurance consortium; the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; the Tacoma Pierce County American Leadership Forum and Citizens for a Healthy Bay.
Tonn is a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
A native of Hood River, Ore., Tonn resides in Brown's Point, and is married to Jeffrey Tonn, a design engineer.