Spotlight on Volunteers

Tom Covar

Tom Covar

Controller, Lander University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 19

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended at least one SACUBO conference each year since 2008. I serve on the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee.

An Interesting Fact

I love to kayak, and I rescue dogs who otherwise would be neglected or abused.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I was encouraged to volunteer by Greg Lovins and Patrick Wamsley. Out of my deep respect for them, I enthusiastically volunteered. Serving is extremely rewarding and fun. You meet many new people and make lasting friendships.


Kelly Epting

Kelly Epting

Associate Vice President for Finance and Budget, University of South Carolina

Number of Years in Higher Education: 15

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended SACUBO events since 2008 for CPE and when working in a College (not Central Administration). I learned about all aspects of campus via SACUBO. The only committee I have served on so far is the Research Universities Constituent Committee – and I want to do more! I spoke at Point Clear (at the Fall Workshop) on a panel. I also am a NACUBO Fellow and moderating a discussion in Austin.

An Interesting Fact

I moved from the Schools of Business and Medicine to Central Administration – which seems to be more unusual than one would think.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I love this group – they are thoughtful, wise, giving, and accessible. Volunteering was a way to have more access to great perspectives and best practices and to promote this to others in higher ed. Attending and fully participating makes my career richer and makes me more effective for my institution.


Barry Poynter

Barry Poynter

Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration, Eastern Kentucky University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 31

Involvement with SACUBO

I have been attending meetings (off and on, as budget permits) for 15 years. I serve on the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee. I also helped with organizing, planning, and coordination of the Annual Meeting when it was held in Louisville.

An Interesting Fact

I love goats – I would be a goat farmer if I were not in higher education.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I decided to volunteer to share my knowledge and experience with others, help the field as much as I can, and help others grow and advance.


Randy Smith

Randy Smith

Executive Vice President for Business and Administrative Services, Oklahoma Baptist University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 25

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended CBMI, Fall Workshops, and Annual Meetings over the years. I am serving on the Small Institutions Constituent Committee.

An Interesting Fact

I am trying to succeed at several Colorado 14,000+ feet peaks.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I was asked to contribute and felt the need to give back.

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