President's Message

Wilma Phillips

On behalf of the SACUBO Board, I would like to wish you all the best in 2019. We want to say a special thank you to our members, volunteers, and business partners for your support during the past year, and we look forward to working with you during the coming year. We are proud to highlight our year in review and provide important information regarding upcoming events.

SACUBO continues to be a leading resource for business officers in higher education for networking, CPEs, and business model development for financial sustainability. The trend continued as over 650 attendees gathered in Fort Worth, Texas in early May for the 2018 Annual Meeting. We expect even greater attendance for our meeting at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista on April 7-9, 2019. The opening event will be held at EPCOT, and the evening will conclude with a special fireworks presentation. Plans for over forty concurrent sessions are underway, plus the very popular SACUBO Next Generation Chief Business Officers (NGCBO) program and continuance of the Presidents, Governing Boards, and CBOs track which began at last year’s Annual Meeting. We look forward to hearing from NACUBO’s new president, Dr. Susan Whealler Johnston, who will be one of our keynote speakers. Please make plans to join SACUBO for what promises to be a great Annual Meeting at the Happiest Place on Earth.

SACUBO’s Fall Workshop was held at the Grand Hotel in beautiful Point Clear, Alabama on October 28-30, 2018. The programming provided a diverse assortment of sessions that were relevant to higher education and the issues that we as business officers face daily. We now begin looking forward to our 2019 Workshop in Lexington, Kentucky, and then in Charleston, South Carolina in 2020.

SACUBO will offer the 4th annual Women's Leadership Forum in 2019. This program will be February 27–March 1 at the Hyatt Place in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina conferences the last couple of years. This is a two-day forum for current and future women leaders in higher education. The program is designed to provide speakers who are experts in topics related to women in leadership positions, high-level executive coaching sessions, interactive group discussions, and networking opportunities. This year we are very excited to have Dr. Susan Whealler Johnston as our opening keynote speaker.

SACUBO is excited about its partnership with CACUBO, EACUBO, and WACUBO on the benchmarking program. SACUBO’s benchmarking program began in 2012. For the first time, all four regions will participate in the benchmarking program for the collection of data beginning with the June 30, 2018 fiscal year reporting. SACUBO member institutions are encouraged to take advantage of access to the benchmarking tool - and all the reporting and analytics that come with it!

Overall, it has been an active and excellent year for SACUBO, and I would like to encourage you to mark your calendars to join us for more great events during the coming year:

CBMI | July 28-August 2, 2019 | Lexington, KY | Register Now

Fall Workshop | November 3-5, 2019 | Lexington, KY | Registration Opens in June

We wish you all the best during this holiday season,


Wilma Phillips

SACUBO President