President's Message

Susan Maddux

Happy New Year from SACUBO! On behalf of our board of directors, I wish you a prosperous and successful 2022. As we look forward to a new year, it is important to both reflect on our association’s successes in 2021 and to look ahead to another year of outstanding professional development and networking opportunities at SACUBO.

The 2021 Women’s Leadership Forum, held in early March on a virtual platform, was sold out again. The theme was Leading at All Levels, and attendees heard from women speakers from all levels within their career. Breakout discussion groups and optional continuing engagement discussions allowed important networking opportunities.

The 2021 Annual Meeting, held in mid-April on a virtual platform, was also a success. One general session featured four college presidents discussing lessons learned during the pandemic. In the other general session, New York Times bestselling author David Epstein spoke on why generalists triumph in a specialized world. Attendees were able to choose from numerous concurrent sessions and networking opportunities.

After being cancelled in 2020, CBMI returned in June offering around 50 courses on a virtual platform. CBMI recognized 110 third year participants who completed the program and earned their Certificate of Completion. The partnership between the University of Kentucky and SACUBO for this longstanding program continues to be strong.

In the fall, SACUBO was excited to host its first in-person conference since March 2020. The Fall Workshop was held in Charleston, SC in November and was sold out! The response from attendees and business partners has been tremendous. The opening reception was held on the USS Yorktown, one of the 24 Essex class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy. Dr. Ivan Joseph, an award-winning performance coach and expert in leadership and cultural transformation, was the keynote speaker. An accounting track was offered in addition to concurrent sessions.

The SACUBO Board remained active throughout the year planning professional development and networking opportunities for our membership. The Strategic Plan was updated and shared with the members at the Annual Business Meeting in May. The new Strategic Plan includes an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion which is so important to all our organizations. The Board believes the five-year Strategic Plan provides goals and action items to position SACUBO to evolve, grow, and experience continued success in the future.

As we look forward to 2022, plans are underway for the 7th annual Women’s Leadership Forum. This conference will be held in Atlanta, GA on March 2–4. The theme for the 2022 Women’s Leadership Forum is Stronger Together. Current and future women leaders in higher education will learn how women working together to support each other translates to success. Keynote speaker Rachel Druckenmiller will share what it would look like for you to “unmute yourself” in your career in order to have more opportunities and experiences that make you feel purposeful, energized, and alive. Attendees will be able to participate in interactive group discussions and networking opportunities and see how together women can make a difference and ensure everyone is included and heard. Be sure to register early.

The 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in San Antonio, TX on May 8–10 at the Marriott Rivercenter on the Riverwalk. The opening reception will be at the Buckhorn Saloon with transportation to the event by river boats. More information will be provided on general session speakers and concurrent sessions, including call for proposals and best practice sessions, as details are finalized. The vendor exhibit hall planning is under way, and we expect a sold-out hall based on contacts from vendors who are ready to be back in person. Registration is open.

CBMI will be back on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington this summer. Mark your calendar now for July 24–28 and watch for more information.

I encourage you to check the website frequently for more information about these events as well as other upcoming events and news, and follow SACUBO on LinkedIn. Register early as we are seeing events sell out.

Best Wishes for a great year!

Susan Maddux

SACUBO President

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