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DMACC Names New Controller
Posted 5/28/2013

Ben Voaklander replaces long-time budget manager Joe Robbins

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) has promoted Ben Voaklander to Controller, replacing Joe Robbins who is retiring this summer.

Voaklander has served as Associate Controller and prior to that Assistant Controller for eleven years. He will oversee the College's annual budget process, annual audit and financial statement preparation, and the accounts payable and receivable functions.

"I've had 11 years to learn and work alongside Joe Robbins and prepare for this new, exciting responsibility," said Voaklander. "I'm looking forward to these new challenges in my career."

Voaklander replaces Joe Robbins who has worked at DMACC for 25 years, during most of that time as Controller. He said the College has experienced incredible growth during that period, more than tripling in size.

"Technology has allowed us to keep pace without hiring additional staff," said Robbins who noted the number of Business Office employees is the same today as it was ten years ago. "Now students can set up a personalized payment plan and pay all their DMACC bills online."

Robbins also remembers long lines of students waiting outside the business office for their financial aid checks. "Technology has eliminated those long lines and delays in getting funds to students. Each year we process $50 million worth of financial aid. I don't think we could physically print that many checks any longer," said Robbins. Instead, students receive their funds through a partnership with a third party's electronic refund management system.

Voaklander starts his new duties on July 1 and Robbins retires on August 14 after closing out one more budget year - fiscal year 2012-2013.

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