Spotlight on Volunteers

John Crawford

John Crawford

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Business Management and CFO, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Number of Years in Higher Education: 23

Involvement with SACUBO

I attended my first SACUBO event in the Fall of 1999 in Memphis, TN and have been attending throughout my 23 years in higher ed. I have spoken at several SACUBO conferences over the years. I have been involved with various committees for the past 11 years and on the SACUBO Board several times during that time. Currently, I serve as the 1st Vice President. I have served as the Constituent Committee Chair for the Research Universities, the Audit Committee Chair, Membership Committee Chair, and several terms as a Board Member at Large.

An Interesting Fact

I spent much of my high school and college years working on the family cattle ranch in North Texas. I still try to go back and play cowboy when I can.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

One of my mentors (Terry Pankratz at UT-Dallas) encouraged me to get involved in the Research Universities Constituent Committee many years ago, and I guess the rest is history. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent on committees and the SACUBO Board. I have met so many great people over the years. The networking opportunities have been outstanding and have created a peer group that I can always seek advice from. These are people who deal with the same problems we do. Making the decision to get involved with SACUBO many years ago was one of the best decisions I have made!


Brandy Hampton

Brandy Hampton

Treasurer, Arkansas State University – Jonesboro

Number of Years in Higher Education: 19

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended SACUBO conferences for about 11 years. I have served on the Scholarship Committee for the past four years and the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee for the past two years.

An Interesting Fact

I love going to the beach – it is my happy place.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

I wanted to volunteer because I have found the conferences and information provided to be so valuable in learning things I can apply at my institution. I know these opportunities cannot happen without a lot of involvement and support from the members, and I wanted to be able to help in some way. The volunteers I have worked with have been an amazing group, and it is great to have contacts at other universities.


Brett Powell

Brett Powell

Assistant Vice President and Controller, Baylor University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 20+

Involvement with SACUBO

I have attended SACUBO conferences as long as I have been involved with higher education. Previously, I have served the organization through Constituent Committee involvement, and I currently serve as the Board Member at Large representing research institutions and Chair the SACUBO Benchmarking Committee. Over the years, I have had a number of opportunities to present at Fall Workshops and Annual Meetings.

An Interesting Fact

I once shared a BBQ raccoon dinner with Bill Clinton.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO

Volunteering with SACUBO has been rewarding for me in many ways. I have enjoyed working closely with other professionals from throughout the SACUBO region with shared experiences but often different perspectives. Beyond the working relationships, fellow SACUBO volunteers have become great friends. Attending SACUBO events gives members valuable opportunities for professional growth. By volunteering with SACUBO, you can share your own development with others.

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