Holly Tharp, formerly Monmouth College’s comptroller, has been named the college’s vice president of finance and operations after a nationwide search. She replaces Melony Sacopulos, who was named associate provost for capital finance management at the University of Pittsburgh in April.
Tharp earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources and marketing from Western Illinois University in 2006 and a second degree in accounting from the college in 2010. She received her master’s degree in higher education administrative services from McKendree University in 2013.
She has worked for over six years at WIU in various positions, including Assistant Bursar, Accounts Manager and Accountant. She began working at Monmouth College in 2017, serving as Assistant Controller for four and a half years and as Controller since September 2021.
“In both of these roles, as well as in her work since Melony’s departure to the University of Pittsburgh, Holly has demonstrated her commitment to the college and community, her sharp intelligence, and her ability to think and act as a strategic partner to increase revenue by recruiting more students and retaining them more effectively ,” said President Clarence R. Wyatt.