Greetings on behalf of the SACUBO Board of Directors! I am honored to serve in 2021-2022 for a second year as SACUBO’s President.
The past 12 months have been challenging for us on many levels. As I shared in my opening remarks at the Annual Meeting, a word cloud from the past year would highlight our unique new vocabulary – pandemic, unprecedented, pivot, zoom, mask, quarantine, and virtual. Despite the uncertainty, loss, and despair we all felt, I would offer an alternative list of words – optimism, resilience, innovation, community, collaboration, and above all gratitude. SACUBO expresses gratitude to all of you for reaching out, connecting, and collaborating with each other and to SACUBO business partners for your support this year. We are much stronger as individuals and institutions as we emerge from the pandemic!
One of the most important benefits of attending SACUBO conferences is the opportunity to participate in conversations before and after the general and concurrent sessions, during meals and breaks, in the exhibit hall, and at opening and closing events. These discussions allow opportunities for attendees to learn from and swap information with others. Members have missed these interactions. Thanks to each of you who responded to our survey related to returning to in-person conferences and the topics you would like to see presented. Based on your feedback, we are excited to move back to in-person meetings starting with the Fall Workshop in Charleston this November! Our theme is Historic Innovations. The Professional Development Committee is working on sessions related to topics such as post pandemic operations and efficiencies; HEERF funding uses, reporting, and compliance; fraud and ethics; and engaging and managing a remote workforce. SACUBO is partnering with Cherry Bekaert again this year to offer an integrated accounting track. Registration will open soon so be sure to watch the SACUBO website for additional information.
To round out the schedule of events for this year, the Women’s Leadership Forum will be held in Atlanta in March 2022, and the Annual Meeting will be held in San Antonio in May 2022. As plans for these programs come together, watch for updates in our monthly newsletters and on the SACUBO website. While the 2021 College Business Management Institute (CBMI) will be held on a virtual platform, it is hoped this program will return to the University of Kentucky campus in July 2022.
The role of the business officer has never been more important. SACUBO is here to support you, and we look forward to seeing all of you this year. In the meantime, please reach out to me or any SACUBO Board member if you have questions. And, stay engaged with the website for updates and resources.