Chris Allen will serve as chief financial officer for Keck Medical Center of USC beginning May 31, Keck Medicine of USC leaders announced recently. Allen will be responsible for developing and directing the medical center’s overall financial planning, Keck Medicine CFO Eric Strucko, PhD, wrote in the May 20 memo.

“This moment is a homecoming for Chris,” Strucko wrote. “From 2016 to 2020, Chris worked on Keck Medicine’s finance team; serving first as executive administrator for financial planning and decision support, and then as the health system’s interim CFO.”

Allen’s role for Keck Medical Center will include matters related to budget, audits and revenue. He will work closely with the strategy and operational workgroups to continue devising programs for increased funding, to sustain the enterprise, Strucko wrote.

Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and finance from the University of Georgia, as well as a certificate in direct costing and contribution reporting from the University of Wisconsin School of Business. When he is away from the office, he enjoys cheering on his beloved Georgia Bulldogs, playing golf and spending time with his three children, Emilee, Jacob and Maggie.

“As anyone who knows Chris will tell you, his dedication is unparalleled,” Strucko wrote in the memo. “During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chris guided the financial needs of Keck Medicine with thoughtfulness and grace. Throughout all of the hardship and uncertainty of that moment, Chris remained steadfast in his commitment to our employees and patients. I have no doubt that his strategic thinking, compassion and sense of innovation will continue to strengthen our organization as we move into the future.”