Spotlight on Volunteers

Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes

Senior Lecturer in the School of Accountancy, Clemson University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 15.5

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been attending SACUBO events since 2005. I am the current Treasurer of SACUBO. I started volunteering with SACUBO in 2009. I have served on the Audit Committee as a member and Chair. I have also served on the Research Universities Constituent Committee.

An Interesting Fact

After 13 years in higher education administration, I made the transition to full-time accounting faculty.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I began volunteering with SACUBO to grow my professional network and knowledge base in higher education. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of individuals that have helped shaped my career path in more ways than I could have imagined.


Russ Hannah

Russ Hannah

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance, Associate Chief Financial Officer, Arkansas State University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 29

Involvement with SACUBO

I currently have the honor and pleasure of serving as SACUBO President. I served on the Board for a number of years and before that worked on the Constituent Committee for doctoral and comprehensive institutions, the Benchmarking Committee, and the Scholarship Committee. I have spoken at several of the SACUBO conferences and have always enjoyed the experience. I have also been fortunate to work on our association’s strategic plan, our website re-design, and the development of our current logo.

An Interesting Fact

I very much enjoy fly-fishing for trout. One of my favorite fishing memories is of an afternoon spent on the Gallatin River in Montana with Jimmy Barnes, Patrick Wamsley, John Pierce, and a guide.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

During my nearly three decades in higher education, SACUBO has been my preferred source for professional development and continuing education. Beyond that, the opportunities I have had to volunteer, to network, to learn from experienced business officers, and to make new friends have been among the most satisfying experiences of my career. My involvement with SACUBO has enriched me professionally and personally, and my institution has also benefited from what I have learned and the contacts I have made. I am a better business officer because of SACUBO.


Ronda Reece

Ronda Reece

Vice President for Budget and Finance , Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

Number of Years in Higher Education: 19

Involvement with SACUBO

I started my involvement with SACUBO by serving on a Constituent Committee. I enjoyed the process so much that I later chaired the committee. I am now serving as Chair for the Best Practices Committee. I also helped when the Fall Workshop was in Oklahoma City a couple of years ago and had a great time working with everyone to make that a successful event.

An Interesting Fact

In a former life, I was a dispatcher / jailer for a police department in a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I volunteered because I wanted to be able to connect with people who were facing the same issues or having success with things on their campuses. The time it takes to be involved is relatively small, but the takeaway is more than worth it! The Workshops and the Annual Meetings are fun, and the information is always relevant.


Noel Sloan

Noel Sloan

Vice President for Administration and Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Texas Tech University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 14

Involvement with SACUBO

I began attending SACUBO conferences about the second or third year of starting my career in higher education. Early on, I would attend to just gain information, including the Accounting Track and Next Generation Business Officer programs. Each year, I would meet more people which led to participating as a speaker at conferences, serving on the Board, and chairing the Women’s Leadership Forum.

An Interesting Fact

I am truly a Disney fan and usually have at least one Disney accessory (purse, jewelry, etc.) with me every day.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

My original interest in SACUBO was gaining knowledge and sharing knowledge. Each event provided an opportunity to meet more peers dealing with the same issues. Through these interactions, it was easy to become more involved in relevant topics and shared interests – both personally and professionally.

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