Seth T. Bardu joined the executive team of UNCF as senior vice president and CFO in May of 2018, and oversees the financial affairs of this institution among other responsibilities. He had served as CFO of the Columbia Union Conference from January 2006 to August 2017. Columbia Union serves as the parent and sponsoring entity to Adventist Healthcare (MD), Kettering Health System (OH), Washington Adventist University (MD) and eight other regional organizations within the mid-Atlantic states of the United States. In addition to his role as CFO, he played significant governance roles in non-profit organizations such as healthcare, publishing, global disaster and relief, human services for people with disabilities among others. He transferred from the Northeastern Conference in New York, where he also served as CFO from November 2002 to December 2005. Bardu had other financial leadership roles before his arrival in New York with Southern Union Conference (Decatur GA), Adventist Health System (Madison, TN) and South Central Conference (Nashville TN).
Bardu is a mission-focused financial administrator, who believes people are the most critical investment in any organization. He thinks leadership should, among other areas of emphasis, focus on mentorship/coaching, succession planning and learning development. Some of his achievements have been in areas including financial leadership, gender equality, RIF/turnaround, nonprofit scaling and financial planning and analysis. He is a trained facilitator/trainer with the Arbinger Institute with emphasis on “Outward Mindset Skills for Leaders” and “Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset.”
Bardu was born in Monrovia, Liberia. He received his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Oakwood University [a UNCF-member institution] and an MBA from Andrews University (MI), where he also did some doctoral work in leadership. In 2017, Oakwood University named him as one of the most influential alumni in its 120-year history. He was also inducted into the Delta MU Delta by the same university. He and his wife Teresa have two children, Jessica and Godfrey.