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What economic trends today will set the stage for the future? How will legislative actions impact student financial aid? What accounting policy or reporting changes are on the horizon? Navigating the business of higher education institutions requires knowledge about a variety of issues—from finance to campus security. In this podcast series, hear colleagues, experts, and industry leaders explore issues, provide best practices, offer solutions to new questions that may not have been asked bef ...
 
CBO Speaks from NACUBO showcases our most seasoned CBO colleagues from top institutions around the country as they share stories of their journey as business officers. Their experiences inspire us and show us what’s possible in our own work.
 
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Welcome to this special bonus episode of CBO Speaks. We’ve been asking each of our interviewees to sum up their thoughts, in less than a minute, on various topics that are top-of-mind for our listeners right now. We’ve collected their responses to share with you in these mini topical episodes and today we’re hearing from business officers about the…
 
NACUBO’s Bryan Dickson, director of student financial services and educational programs, and Lindsay Wayt, director of analytics, discuss the latest edition in NACUBO’s State of Higher Education series. Titled “Bold Action Required: How to More Effectively Support Students from Low-Income Backgrounds,” the effort calls on higher education professio…
 
In this special episode, Megan Strand joins Jill Creighton, host of the SA: Voices From the Field Podcast, and two former CBO Speaks guests, Nicole Trufant and Gerald Hector, to look at how student affairs officers and business officers can work together towards mutual success. The discussion ranges from seeing business officers as human to how stu…
 
Welcome to this special bonus episode of CBO Speaks. We’ve been asking each of our interviewees to sum up their thoughts, in less than a minute, on various topics that are top-of-mind for our listeners right now. We’ve collected their responses to share with you in these mini topical episodes and today we’re hearing from business officers about col…
 
Kevin Davenport is the Vice President of Finance & Administration at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia. In this episode, Davenport joins Megan Strand to talk about the value of learning from every opportunity and why the saying ‘if you’ve never failed then that must mean you’re not trying hard enough’ means so much to him. “CBOs nee…
 
Welcome to this special bonus episode of CBO Speaks. We’ve been asking each of our interviewees to sum up their thoughts, in less than a minute, on various topics that are top-of-mind for our listeners right now. We’ve collected their responses to share with you in these mini topical episodes and today we’re hearing from business officers about adv…
 
David Gingerella is the Vice Chancellor of Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer at UMass Dartmouth in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. In this episode, Gingerella joins Megan Strand to talk about learning to connect in the remote digital world and why it’s still important to have spontaneous conversations NOT about work, as hard as it may …
 
According to Vemo Education vice president and co-founder, Bill Brosseau, income share agreements help institutions to be more thoughtful, strategic, and adaptable to helping students most in need as they tackle doubts around affording their post-secondary education. Vemo’s efforts hinge on helping balance student and institutional needs to ease an…
 
Greg Sanial is the Vice President for Finance & Administration and Chief Financial Officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. In this episode, Sanial joins Megan Strand to talk about more frequent but shorter Zoom meetings can help everyone support each other and get things done, and why communication and decision-making skill…
 
How has the pandemic changed the value of a higher education degree and intensified our need to talk about affordability? Why are students of color and lower-income students less likely to attend certain institutions? NACUBO’s director of analytics, Lindsay Wayt, joins Liz Clark to talk about the association’s State of Higher Education Project and …
 
Melissa Hopp is the Vice President for Finance & Administration at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland. In this episode, Hopp joins Megan Strand to talk about the early days of being a CBO and why knowing how to learn and grow with the times is one of the most important development skills for any CBO, no matter where th…
 
Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings is the Vice President for Finance & Administration at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. In this episode, Vazquez-Skillings joins Megan Strand to talk about navigating COVID as a marathon, not a sprint, and learning the ropes through the program review process. “The first leg of the marathon came out of the program review,”…
 
Welcome to this special bonus episode of CBO Speaks. We’ve been asking each of our interviewees to sum up their thoughts, in less than a minute, on various topics that are top-of-mind for our listeners right now. We’ve collected their responses to share with you in these mini topical episodes and today we’re hearing from business officers about tra…
 
Beth Reissenweber is the Vice President for Administration & Finance at Midwestern State University in North Texas. In this episode, Reissenweber joins Megan Strand to talk about being an essential employee, keeping COVID off campus, and leading with empathy. “It’s about enjoying the work, engaging folks, and making this a great experience,” she sa…
 
Welcome to this special bonus episode of CBO Speaks. We’ve been asking each of our interviewees to sum up their thoughts, in less than a minute, on various topics that are top-of-mind for our listeners right now. We’ve collected their responses to share with you in these mini topical episodes and today we’re hearing from business officers about lea…
 
How are colleges and universities responding to the pandemic? Is 2020 truly proving to be an era of transformation? Paul Friga, University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler strategy professor and the co-founder and chief strategy officer of ABC Insights, joins Liz Clark to explore how institutions are taking action and why creativity and collaborat…
 
We’ve been asking each of our interviewees to sum up their thoughts, in less than a minute, on various topics that are top-of-mind for our listeners right now. We’ve collected their responses to share with you in these mini topical episodes and today we’re hearing from business officers about diversity. Hearing and valuing input from people with al…
 
Bill Guerrero is the vice president for finance and administration at Ithaca College. This week on the show, Guerrero joins Megan Strand to talk about cash vs. crisis management and the rise in sharing services between higher ed institutions, and how these initiatives are critical in these times. “That was kind of unheard of years ago to think of t…
 
Emmanual Guillory, director of student and institutional aid policy for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU), joins NACUBO Senior Director of Government Affairs Megan Schneider to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fall higher education enrollment. Have we seen an enrollment decrease? “That’s a very …
 
Ron Cortez serves as Chief Financial Officer and Vice Chancellor, Division of Finance and Administration, at the University of California at Irvine. This week on the show, Cortez joins Megan Strand for a conversation on the best foot forward in the long run with COVID as a CBO. "It’s important to try to provide vision during this time of chaos,” he…
 
Dawn Alston serves as Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs and Chief Financial Officer for Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. This week on the show, Alston joins Megan Strand for a conversation on finding humility and patience in leadership through crises such as our current pandemic. "As I have gone through this process, I feel one …
 
Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators joins NACUBO director of student financial services and educational programs Bryan Dickson to discuss the impact of Income Share Agreements on the higher education landscape. While this space isn’t yet regulated, Justin explains that schools have s…
 
Debbie Adishian-Astone serves as Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer for California State University, Fresno, in Fresno, California. This week on the show, Adishian-Astone joins Megan Strand for a conversation on purposefully slowing down, appreciating the small moments, and checking in as campuses navigate the pandemic, a…
 
Angela Blanton serves as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This week on the show, Blanton joins Megan Strand for a conversation on patience and understanding with the hybrid education model, the impending shifts in post-secondary education because of COVID, and diversifying the field. “When …
 
Brad Kendrex, executive vice president for administration and operations at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and interim vice president for administrative services at Mesa Community College joins NACUBO senior director, government affairs Megan Schneider to discuss the impact of COVID-19 legislative support on community colleges. The Higher Educa…
 
Leslie Brunelli serves as Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Treasurer for the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. This week on the show, Brunelli joins Megan Strand for a conversation on flexibility and thoughtful communication as campuses navigate the pandemic, race, and diversity in operations across the organization. “Representation a…
 
Private, nonprofit institutions forgo a significant portion of potential revenue to help families offset the cost of college. The 2019 study, conducted before the coronavirus pandemic, indicates that this trend is becoming even more profound. Today on the show, NACUBO Assistant Director for Research and Policy Analysis Kat Masterson joins NACUBO Vi…
 
David Bea serves as Executive Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. This week on the show, Bea joins Megan Strand for a conversation on the challenges of teaching, learning, and leading through COVID and more. “There are two approaches that are core to how I manage,” says Bea. “The first is te…
 
Maeesha Merchant, senior vice president and CFO at California Institute of the Arts and Tom Heck, chief investment officer and CFO at the Ball State University Foundation, join NACUBO Vice President Liz Clark to discuss the role of college and university endowments in the current crisis. “Endowments are not rainy-day funds,” says Merchant, “institu…
 
Ketan Gandhi serves as Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations for Sussex County Community College in Newton, New Jersey. This week on the show, Gandhi joins Megan Strand for a conversation on some of the early lessons learned from this year’s challenges. “I like our shared decision making, but it does take time,” says Gandhi. “When you…
 
Brian Flahaven, senior director for advocacy for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), joins NACUBO’s Liz Clark to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on charitable giving at colleges and universities. “There’s a lot of uncertainty,” he says. “Uncertainty is the enemy of charitable giving.” Listen in to hear ho…
 
Susan Allen serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration for Georga College & State University in Milledgeville, Georga. This week on the show, Allen joins Megan Strand for a conversation on the universe of factors impacting higher education’s immediate future. “The biggest factor that we’ll see is that high school graduation pipeline th…
 
Susan Whealler Johnston, President and CEO of NACUBO, joins NACUBO vice presidents Jim Hundreiser and Liz Clark to discuss the challenges college and universities are contending with related to the COVID-19 pandemic. How do colleges and universities plan ahead when there are still so many uncertainties?…
 
Craig Hadley serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer for Husson University in Bangor, Maine. This week on the show, Hadley joins Megan Strand for a conversation on the pressures of attempting to diversify in a state challenged with a paucity of diversity itself. As a result, Hadley has instituted a number of interestin…
 
Pat Lane serves as Vice President for Policy, Analysis, and Research at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This month, Pat joins Megan Schneider, senior director of government affairs at NACUBO, to educate us about his organization and share the latest results and trends from WICHE’s Knocking at the College Door project…
 
Sherri Newcomb serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Queensboro Campus of the City University of New York. This week on the show, Newcomb joins Megan Strand for a conversation on the pressures forcing institutions to adapt quickly in very short order. “It’s an elaborate process to change curriculum, for example, to int…
 
How does the physical footprint of a college campus evolve while its leaders balance the costs of new technologies, interest rates, construction, real estate, and deferred maintenance? The mechanical complexities of this ecosystem are only the first part of the conversation; what happens when you add the emotional ties your constituencies may have …
 
Sustainability efforts on campus are no longer limited to environmental sustainability. Diversity and inclusion, social justice, and economic impact — among others — are all efforts requiring sustainability thinking. Bringing leadership together with faculty and student constituencies to build a governance structure to institutionalize these effort…
 
George Washington University Associate Vice President & University Controller Sharon Heinle sits down with NACUBO’s senior director of accounting policy Sue Menditto to discuss the need to translate financial information for non-financial people effectively. The Controller’s Office at GW is the waystation for a wide variety of financial information…
 
Tom Simard is Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and he joins NACUBO’s Bryan Dickson, assistant director for advocacy and student financial services. Massachusetts is stepping up to face the question of institutional solvency with a new metric that aims to better understand the nat…
 
Joanna Gramma is a senior consultant at Vantage Technology Consulting Group and she joins NACUBO’s Megan Schneider, senior director of government affairs, to take on a subject at the intersection of technology and higher education: centralizing a new set of higher education student and institution data at the federal level. Many institutions alread…
 
Syracuse University SVP and CFO Amir Rahnamay-Azar knows a thing or two about steam. His university’s steam generator has been providing power and more for decades across the university. When it came time for a major retrofit, it came time to revisit facilities that were core to the operation of the institution. As he says, “I need steam, not a ste…
 
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