Spotlight on Volunteers

Sara Brown

Sara Brown

Chief Business Officer, C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston

Number of Years in Higher Education: 20

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been attending SACUBO and NACUBO events since 1999. I serve on the Research Constituent Committee – and I look forward to many more years of volunteering with SACUBO.

An Interesting Fact

During March through October, I spend weekends on the road with my family attending micro sprint racing events. My 13-year-old son is the 2018 Restrictor Class Champion for the Lone Star 600 series.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I enjoy gathering with other subject matter experts in college and university administration and finance. I have used this network extensively for advice throughout the years.


Kevin Edelblute

Kevin Edelblute

Associate Vice President for Finance, Mississippi State University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 13

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended SACUBO conferences for the better part of ten years. I served on the Research Constituent Committee for three years (chairing the committee for one year). I presently serve as the Co-Chair for the Professional Development Committee.

An Interesting Fact

I love a wide variety of music. Although I cannot sing to save my life, I am a self-taught drummer.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I wanted to broaden my understanding of the higher education landscape and be part of the process to help others do the same. Volunteering with SACUBO provides great opportunities to meet other professionals, make new friends, and have a positive influence in the lives of others.


Brett Powell

Brett Powell

Assistant Vice President and Controller, Baylor University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 21

Involvement with SACUBO

I am a graduate of CBMI and have attended numerous Fall Workshops and Annual Meetings. In addition, I have presented several times. I am currently serving as the Chair of the Small Institutions Constituent Committee and on the ACUBO Benchmarking Committee.

An Interesting Fact

In addition to administrative positions, I have taught (including a course on higher education finance) for several years.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I became involved with the SACUBO Board for two reasons. First, the networking opportunities are invaluable. Second, I am a strong believer that SACUBO provides unmatched professional development opportunities, and I am pleased to have an opportunity to participate in shaping these events.


Sara Thorndike

Sara Thorndike

Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance, East Carolina University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 14

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been involved with SACUBO for five years and with CACUBO for the nine previous years. I am in my second year of serving on the Comprehensive and Doctoral Constituent Committee. Along with NACUBO staff, I spoke to new business officers at the SACUBO Annual Meeting. I am a former NACUBO Fellow.

An Interesting Fact

I just finished my EdD coursework and am working on my dissertation.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I volunteered with SACUBO to pay it forward. SACUBO is a great organization that we all benefit from. SACUBO provides great CPE and fellowship. I am happy to serve and volunteer.

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