Skip to content

New Vice President and CFO Appointed at WHOI

April 5, 2002

After a long and extensive search process, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has appointed Carolyn A. Bunker of Falmouth Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. The appointment, announced today by WHOI Director and President Robert Gagosian, is effective immediately.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone here at WHOI with Carolyn’s breadth and depth of skills,” Robert Gagosian said in making the announcement. “She is a significant addition to our senior management team, and we all look forward to working together to meet the challenges ahead.”

Carolyn Bunker joined the Institution staff in August 2000 as Executive Assistant to the Associate Director for Finance and Administration, and has served for the past six months as Acting Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. The Institution conducted a national search, working with a Search Advisory Committee comprised of Institution scientific and administrative staff that helped identify candidates.

Prior to coming to the Institution Carolyn Bunker worked in a number of financial positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, starting as a financial officer in the Bursar’s Office. She then held successive positions as Associate Bursar, Financial Systems, as Bursar, and most recently as Director of Student Financial Services.

Prior to service at MIT, she worked at Boston University as Manager of General Accounting and then Assistant Comptroller. Her experience also includes several positions with accounting firms in the Boston area. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she worked on the audit staff of Sullivan, Bille & Co. in Boston.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in sociology, she pursued graduate studies in art history and education. She also attended Bentley College in Waltham, receiving a Certificate of Accountancy with highest honors.