Carlos Charnichart Joins Southwestern Adventist University

October 31, 2022

KEENE, TEX. – Southwestern Adventist University welcomes Carlos Charnichart, D.B.A., as vice president for financial administration and chief financial officer. He will be responsible for the financial position of the University, budgeting, financial reporting to higher institutions and the government and he will oversee the University’s operational departments.

Charnichart has an extensive background in the financial field. Previous to coming to Southwestern Adventist University, he worked almost five years for the Pennsylvania Conference as conference treasurer. Tamyra Horst, communication director for the Pennsylvania Conference, wrote on their website, “A heart for mission, evangelism and education, he not only leaves the conference in a strong financial place, but helped to grow a stronger Hispanic ministries program, made huge impacts in education, created publishing ministries and has been supportive of the various departments and ministries of our conference.”

Before joining the Pennsylvania Conference team, Charnichart served the Hope Channel as their accountant. Prior to this, he was the treasurer of HHES at the Review and Herald Publishing Association. Charnichart not only has strong accounting experience, but he also owned his own business and was a manager and sales and marketing executive. He significantly expanded sales for several companies in the Inter-American Division as well as his own company that he grew into a successful enterprise before moving to the United States.

Charnichart has taught as an adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University and served as the dean for the School of Accounting and Business Administration at University of Navojoa, an institution of the Northern Mexican Union, in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. There, Charnichart earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in business administration.

“Carlos Charnichart, D.B.A., joins our administrative team as vice president for financial administration with a wealth of experience in accounting, finance and strategic leadership.” shared Southwestern Adventist University President Ana Patterson. “He has a passion for Adventist education and approaches this work as a ministry. We look forward to welcoming Carlos as an integral team member as we strive toward growth and excellence in Christ-centered higher education.”

Charnichart and his wife, Liz, have two adult children. Their daughter, Paola, graduated from the nursing program at Southern Adventist University and works for AdventHealth. Their son, Charlie, is a student at Southwestern Adventist University.

By Michelle Bergmann, Freelance Writer, and Tamyra Horst, Pennsylvania Conference Communication Director