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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.
 
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 ...
 
The Innovators podcast, a product of Harris Search Associates, features interesting conversations with global thought leaders in the areas of higher education and research, engineering, technology, and the health sciences and provides our listeners an opportunity to benefit from lessons learned from the national leaders changing the landscape of innovation and discovery.
 
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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…
 
Dr. Duane Ireland, Acting Dean of the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, joins Innovators to talk about the mission and goals of A&M's student-centered business program, how he measures success, and more. On top of being named Acting Dean of the school in January, Dr. Ireland has served as Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship at M…
 
Dr. Cristina Gonzalez, Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about implicit bias in education and how schools can combat it when selecting and elevating students. In 2011, Dr. Gonzalez's leadership was recognized nationally through the Unified Leadership Training in Diversity Award from the Assoc…
 
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…
 
Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University, joins Innovators to talk about how his institution continues to deliver excellence in many fields, and how Howard is innovating to cope with the ongoing pandemic. Dr. Frederick was named Howard president in 2014, and also serves as the distinguished Charles R. Drew Professor of Surgery. Dr. …
 
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 …
 
Dr. Elsa Murano, the former president of Texas A&M and current director of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, joins Innovators to talk about the world's food production system and how it has been disrupted during the pandemic. Dr. Murano was appointed Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety in the United States Department o…
 
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 …
 
Klara Jelinkova, Vice President for International Operations and IT at Rice University, joins Innovators to talk about how technology influences and can enhance international education at universities of higher education. Jelinkova holds a Master's in Education from Boston University and a Bachelor's in Economics and Slavic Languages from the Unive…
 
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…
 
Dr. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), joins Innovators to assess the long-term impact of 2020's high-profile protests against systemic racism in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and other unarmed Black Americans. Dr. Lomax also talks about the ongoing pandemic that has claimed the lives of Black Americ…
 
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,”…
 
Dr. Caroline Buckee, Associate Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard University, joins Innovators to talk about championing the fight against infectious diseases and what challenges still lie ahead for the world of public health in a post-COVID-19 world. After completing her undergraduate studies, Buckee earned a maste…
 
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…
 
Dr. Allison Brashear, Dean of the University of California-Davis School of Medicine, joins Innovators to talk about her program’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic has helped her West Coast medical school expand translational research, topple organizational silos, and embrace a curricular shift to lifelong learning. Dr. Brashea…
 
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…
 
Donde Plowman, PhD, Chancellor of the University of Tennessee’s flagship Knoxville campus, discusses her institution’s COVID-19 response in the latest installment of Innovators. Chancellor Plowman earned her doctorate in strategic management from the University of Texas at Austin, an undergraduate degree with a major in English from Southern Method…
 
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 …
 
Bernadette M. Melnyk, PhD, chief wellness officer at The Ohio State University, analyzes the U.S. healthcare system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the latest installment of Innovators. The outbreak was destined to be a global crisis, Melnyk said. However, in her estimation, it was made far worse by our less-than-ideal response to it. Melnyk…
 
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 …
 
Robert Hinson (USAF, Lt. General (Ret), Executive Director of The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska, joins Innovators to talk about how he leads NSRI and how UARCs function to protect the nation from a myriad of growing global threats. Hinson joined the University of Nebraska on August 1, 2012, following a n…
 
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…
 
Santa J. Ono, PhD, a biomedical researcher and president of the University of British Columbia, assesses COVID-19’s impact on higher education —and society as a whole —in the latest edition of the higher education podcast Innovators. Just as COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on the health and wellbeing of some population groups (e.g., seni…
 
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…
 
Dr. Ajit Yoganathan – The Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair in Biomedical Engineering & Regents' Professor at The Georgia Institute of Technology – joins Innovators to talk about his history in biomedical engineering and the background on the field as a field of higher education. Dr. Yoganathan and host Dr. Rick Skinner also conclude t…
 
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…
 
Dr. Donna Petersen joins Innovators to talk about how the coronavirus has shown a spotlight on the good and the bad of America's public health system. In the early stages of America's battle with COVID-19, Dr. Petersen talks about the public's knowledge and understanding of the country's health system and how state and federal lawmakers and healthc…
 
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…
 
Dr. Adrianna Kezar, Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California, joins Innovators to examine the state of higher education when viewed against harsh criticism, external factors, and the facts around enrollment, faculty, and the changing workforce. Dr. Kezar and Innovators host Rick Skinner also talk …
 
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…
 
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