Spotlight on Volunteers

Beth Carpenter

Beth Carpenter

Vice President for Business and Finance, Volunteer State Community College

Number of Years in Higher Education: 19

Involvement with SACUBO

I attended my first SACUBO conference in 2004. I am serving on the Community Colleges Constituent Committee for the second term. I have also served as a Board Member at Large. I spoke on disaster preparation and recovery having had a tornado hit our campus in 2006.

An Interesting Fact

I am a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

Through SACUBO, I have widened my lens on higher education. Learning from constituents across the southeast has proven to be invaluable.


Sara Thorndike

Sara Thorndike

Vice Chancellor Administration and Finance, East Carolina University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 13

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended CACUBO and SACUBO conferences for 13 years. I am a new member this year of the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee. I was a 2017-2018 NACUBO Fellow and a NACUBO Rising Star recipient in 2017.

An Interesting Fact

I am working on my EdD in Higher Ed Leadership from UNC Wilmington.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I volunteered with SACUBO to give back – to pay it forward. I have learned a ton from SACUBO, NACUBO, and CACUBO and want to help others experience the same benefits.


Tracey Wagner

Tracy Wagner

Vice President for Finance and Administration, Ringling College of Art and Design

Number of Years in Higher Education: 28

Involvement with SACUBO

I have just recently, in the past few years, began attending SACUBO conferences after relocating from the CACUBO region. I am in my first year of serving on the Small Institutions Constituent Committee and look forward to greater SACUBO involvement.

An Interesting Fact

I recently completed my PhD in Educational Leadership.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

With completing my PhD and having our youngest daughter begin college, I now have time to give back to the organizations that have supported me in my career. This opportunity is a great way to network with colleagues and expand your perspective.


Alan West

Alan West

Assistant Vice President and University Controller, University of Florida

Number of Years in Higher Education: 12

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended a few Fall Workshops and the Next Generation Chief Business Officers training. This is the first committee I have served on, and I am a member of the Research Universities Constituent Committee.

An Interesting Fact

I am currently the Chair of the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA). I am the 90th person to serve (a one-year term), and I am the first person from higher education to serve as Chair.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I wanted to get more involved, and I would encourage others to do so too. This is a great networking opportunity!

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