Implementing Automation in Accounts Payable

The University of Notre Dame Accounts Payable department has automated its invoice processing through a series of incremental steps over several years. Through a variety of solutions including P-cards, an e-invoicing program for large volume vendors, an integrated managed travel solution for expense reports, and an optical character recognition (OCR) solution for paper invoices, over 90% of campus invoices are now processed electronically.


Paul VanDieren
Associate Controller, Tax & Payment Services
University of Notre Dame

Paul joined the University in 2000.  Paul spent five years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse in South Bend. He then worked in various tax and treasury-related positions with two local manufacturing firms before joining Notre Dame.  Paul earned his B.S. in accounting from Indiana University – Bloomington and an M.B.A. from Notre Dame. Paul is a CPA and a CFP® professional.







Ed Verhamme
Manager, Accounts Payable
University of Notre Dame 

Ed has been with the University since 2003.  Before joining Notre Dame, Ed worked for 6 years in public accounting with Price Waterhouse followed by 12 years in various accounting related roles at a manufacturing company.  Ed earned his accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a CPA.








Kathryn Ruffer
Assistant Manager, Accounts Payable
University of Notre Dame

Kathryn joined the University in 2014. She worked in public accounting with EY in Washington, DC before moving to South Bend. Kathryn earned her BBA in Accounting from the College of William & Mary, her M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and is a CPA.