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Chase Loper

Budget Analyst, Faciliites Management, Duquesne University

Statement of Research Interest/ Problem of Practice:
Chase's problem of practice will focus on the impact financial literacy has among first generational students, and how it impacts their post-secondary decisions as well as their post-secondary success.

Chase Loper currently serves as a Budget Analyst in the Facilities Management Department at Duquesne University.

Chase graduated from California University of Pennsylvania (CalU) with a Bachelor's in Accounting and a minor in Finance and Leadership in 2010. During this time he was very involved with the Admissions office, where he served as a student worker, helping students and parents understand the admissions process of the University.

After completing his undergraduate work, he obtained his Master's in Business Administration (MBA) in 2012, also from CalU. While working toward his MBA, Chase served as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations. His primary focus at the time was to educate prospective students on the CalU for Life moto, discussing the life-long value one would gain if he/she choose the institution.

Arriving to Duquesne in 2012, Chase started his career in the Division of Management and Business as an intern as part of the Minority Internship Program. As an intern, Chase was able to advance his knowledge regarding the ins and outs of what goes into running a University from a finance perspective. As a participant in the program, he rotated throughout different departments within the division. As a result of the internship, Chase obtained the opportunity of a full-time position in his current role as a Budget Analyst.

Chase has been recognized within his Division as a recipient of the Isadore R. Lenglet Excellent Service Award for his service to the University. He has also served a term on the University's Budget Committee. Currently he serves on the Advisory Board for the SHYNE Awards Foundation - a foundation looking to recognize the students between the ages 13-19 doing well both academically and in the community, while also providing resources to help their success continue shine.

Mentored by: Dr. Matthew J. Frist
Vice President for Management & Business, Duquesne University 

Matthew J. Frist was appointed vice president for management and business at Duquesne University in February, 2016. In this role, Frist is responsible for providing executive leadership and strategic guidance to the Division of Management and Business, which comprises auxiliary services, computing and technology services, facilities management, finance and business and human resources. Members of the Division work with Duquesne students, staff and faculty, and prospective employees, vendors, outside auditors and regulatory agencies.

Since joining the University in 1998 as a budget analyst, Frist has served in various roles for the Division, including director of financial planning and budgeting, assistant vice president for financial planning, budgeting and analytics, and associate vice president for finance and business. In addition, Frist has been a member of numerous University committees that address benefits, bond compliance, budget and retirement issues at Duquesne. He also assists in staffing the Audit and Finance and Investment Committees for Duquesne's Board of Directors.

Frist is a financial peer reviewer for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and has held leadership positions with the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. He holds a bachelor's from Gannon University, a master's from Duquesne University and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Frist also completed the Management Development Program at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.