Former Philadelphia City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart joins Drexel University Staff 

Rebecca Rhynhart, Drexel's new Chief Financial Officer.
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Rebecca Rhynhart is becoming a new role as the Chief Financial Officer at Drexel University.

Less than five months after finishing as the runner-up for in the Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s mayoral race, Rebecca Rhynhart is starting a new role, writes Ryan Mulligan for The Philadelphia Business Journal

Beginning on October 2, Rhynhart will be the new chief financial officer at Drexel University

She will also serve as senior vice president for finance and deputy treasurer for the university.  


Read Rebecca Rynhart’s Leadership profile on PHILADELPHIA Today.


In her roles, Rhynhart will serve as Drexel’s primary mergers and acquisitions strategy officer and oversee multiple divisions.  

“Out of the candidates we interviewed, Rebecca stood out for her breadth of experience managing debt, operating and capital budgets, ensuring prudent stewardship of financial resources, and identifying opportunities for efficiency and effectiveness in a complex organization,” said Drexel’s executive vice president, COO and treasurer Helen Bowman

Prior to announcing her mayoral candidacy in October 2022, Rhynhart served four years as Philadelphia’s City Controller. She was the first woman to ever be elected to the office.  

In 2008, then-Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her as City Treasurer. She then became budget director and played a crucial role in helping the city recover from The Great Recession.  

Rhynhart served as chief administrative officer under Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration before being elected as City Controller. 

Learn more about Rebecca Rhynhart’s professional experience at The Philadelphia Business Journal.


Former City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart ran for mayor, and came in second in Democratic primary.

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