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Earl Barriffe

Earl R. Barriffe

Senior Director, Business and Finance

Born in Jamaica, Earl migrated to the United States in 1980. While pursuing his education in Business and Accounting, he worked as an Income Auditor for nine years with the John B. Coleman hotel group in Chicago.

In August 1988, he joined Northwestern University as a Department Assistant in the Housing and Food Service office, where he spent three years coordinating the food service management between the University and its independent contractors.

In September 1991 he transferred to Medill as a Financial Assistant. He was promoted to several different positions within the Business Office prior to his current position as Director of Business & Finance in 2000. As the Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for the School’s operating budget, financial projections and analysis, along with many other responsibilities.


  • Master of Science, Accounting Roosevelt University
  • Bachelor of Science General Studies, Northwestern University