Director of Finance
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Kea has nearly 15 years of experience in for-profit, nonprofit and higher education administration, and has been an advisor on various accounting, budget, capital, financial, and business operations. Gwen has served in various roles during her career. Ms. Kea currently serves as the VP for Business & Administration at St. Augustine’s University. Additional roles that Ms. Kea has served in include: Director of Finance at the State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Before serving at SEANC, Ms. Kea was the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Shaw University. In addition, she participated in decision-making, policy formulation, and discussion of strategic directions as a member of the President’s Executive Council. Her prior management positions included Controller at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, and GeoCapital Partners, LLC in Durham, NC. In addition, Ms. Kea is the President and Owner of Premier Tax & Accounting Group. Her experience includes directly managing the Financial Division for eight Domestic Venture Capital Funds and two Foreign Venture Capital Funds with Capital Commitments totaling $500 million.
Gwen is an experienced and enthusiastic finance professional with a proven track record and has quickly earned a reputation for rapidly delivering results in for-profit and nonprofit business entities. In higher education, she has provided leadership in developing multi-year financial statement audits, budgeting processes, and policy and procedure manuals. In addition, she has provided financial statement preparation and site visit preparation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Gwen graduated from Shaw University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She completed her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Strayer University. Gwen is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and holds memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), the National Society of Accountants (NSA), and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Please reach out to Gwen if you have any finance or accounting related questions.