Erik Brink was named senior vice president, finance, in September 2023. His areas of oversight include budget and planning, treasury, financial services, the university comptroller, capital construction and facilities, audit services, information technology services and risk management. He served in the role on an interim basis from January to September 2023.
Working behind the scenes as the architect and collaborative partner in many crucial financial developments at the university since 2004 — first as USC’s university comptroller before being appointed as vice president, university comptroller in 2019 — Brink played a key role in the creation of the stand-alone USC Health System; the financial management of USC’s COVID-19 response; a multiyear effort to implement a new financial system across the university; and the creation of USC’s three captive insurance companies, a form of self-insurance where the insurer is completely owned by the insured.
Prior to his arrival at USC, Brink worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 11 years as a senior audit manager, consulting with health care, nonprofit and higher education institutes.
Brink received his Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with an emphasis in accounting, and is a certified public accountant.