Spotlight on Volunteers

Sharon Bell

Sharon Bell

Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Appalachian State University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 16

Involvement with SACUBO

In May 2017, I began my tenure at Appalachian State University and became a member of SACUBO. I have been attending at least 2 conference a year, the Women’s Leadership Forum and the Fall Workshop. This year, I was going to attend the Annual Meeting which was canceled. I am a new member of Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee.

An Interesting Fact

Prior to coming to Appalachian State University, I was the Controller for the University of Rhode Island and a member of EACUBO and NACUBO.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I have enjoyed meeting many of the volunteers at Women’s Leadership Forum and the Fall Workshop. I became curious on how to volunteer and the opportunities available. It was extremely easy to find on the website. I submitted my interest and received a response to become a member of the Constituent Committee.


Naomi Emmett

Naomi Emmett

Director of Finance for the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Texas at Dallas

Number of Years in Higher Education: 10

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been involved with SACUBO for the last four years. I am currently serving on the Investment Committee. I have attended SACUBO’s Women’s Leadership Forum and have been very impressed with it. I have attended the annual conferences and would like to continue to serve in any capacity I am able. I am also a graduate of CBMI which was an excellent growth opportunity for me. I learned so much from those three years.

An Interesting Fact

Two years ago, I ran for Mayor of my city. I lost, but I learned so much about local politics.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

Service has always been ingrained in me from a youth on up. Volunteering is the only way to really get to know an organization and its people. I have truly enjoyed volunteering and would encourage all that have not to make it a priority.


Randy Ellis

Randy Ellis

Chief Accounting Officer, Virginia Community College System

Number of Years in Higher Education: 18

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been involved with SACUBO for nearly 10 years. I was on the Research Universities Constituent Committee while I was at UVA and am now Vice Chair of the Community Colleges Constituent Committee. I also serve on the Scholarship Committee as well. I have assisted hosting several round table discussions and have attended the SACUBO Annual Meetings and Fall Workshops many times.

An Interesting Fact

While being a CPA working in public accounting and then into higher education, I was a varsity football coach.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I have met and become friends with folks from many different higher education institutions during my time with SACUBO. Sharing information and having colleagues at similar institutions is a huge benefit to my career. The friendships I have made are very rewarding as well.


Clayton Gibson

Clayton Gibson

Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, Alabama A&M University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 8

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been attending the conferences (the Annual Meeting and Fall Workshop) since 2012, and I am serving on the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee. I have been a speaker at three SACUBO conferences on the topics of risk management, how to manage a construction projection, and on a panel roundtable.

An Interesting Fact

We love travelling as a family. Last summer, for example, we were set to go to Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, but the trip was unfortunately cancelled the night before the flight was to depart. Not to be deterred, the next evening we booked a last-minute discounted flight to Iceland (I know…very different climate from Ecuador) and left 36 hours later – loved the entire trip!

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I really enjoyed the SACUBO programming and that we as practitioners drive/create the curriculum, so I told myself I want to be part of the process, and I’ve fully enjoyed it. What better way to get the programming you want and share your values with peers than to get involved in the conference, organizational planning, and execution. And, the more volunteers, the easier it is for all.

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