Sherry L. Demaray was named the new associate vice president for finance at APSU, effective Oct. 17.

Demaray will oversee the operations of the finance office, procurement and contract service and auxiliary support services. Her duties include: managing the budgets for areas of responsibility, the wiring of funds, preparing budgets for auxiliary services, preparing year-end financial reports for the Tennessee Board of Regents, managing the university-wide risk assessment and ensuring integrity of the university financial systems.

Demaray has a background in higher education administration, finance and planning. She was previously the Vice President for Finance at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. While there she was responsible for business operations, purchasing, human resources, risk management, bookstore and university facilities.

Demaray was a member of the president’s cabinet and the treasurer to the board of trustees and the LSSU Foundation while working at LSSU. She played an integral role in the development of the University’s Strategic Plan and re-accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. She also led the campus through its 20-year master planning process and was the lead team member for capital outlay projects.

In addition to serving at LSSU, Demaray has financial experience working the private sector. She was the treasurer for Tendercare Inc., a long-term care provider in Michigan. She also served as an accountant and senior auditor for Gavigan Burkhart Freeman & Co, a Michigan-based public accounting firm.

Demaray said she is excited for the opportunity to join the APSU community.

“I could not be more proud to have been selected for this opportunity,” Demaray said. “The growth potential of the university, professionalism of the staff, and the comfortable small campus feel made moving to Tennessee one of the easiest decisions I have made. Everyone has been very welcoming, and I am excited to be part of the APSU team and officially a ‘Gov’.”