2023 Fall Workshop
November 1–3, 2023 | Alexandria, VA

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Call for Proposals for the 2023 Fall Workshop

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The 2023 Fall Workshop Call for Proposals closed on July 10, 2023. Thank you to everyone who submitted.


The SACUBO Professional Development Committee invites you to submit a proposal for the SACUBO Fall Workshop to be held November 1 – 3, 2023 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, VA.

Presenting at the meeting offers an opportunity to share effective strategies and showcase solutions to manage many of the challenges facing higher education today. The meeting typically brings together more than 400 college and university business officers, including CFO's, Vice Presidents of Finance & Administration, AVP's of Finance, Controllers, Comptrollers, Accountants, Budget Directors, AVP's of Facilities, Auxiliary Directors, and others.

The 2023 Fall Workshop Call for Proposals closed on July 10, 2023. Thank you to everyone who submitted.


Submissions with in-depth and practical treatments of any of the following topic areas are welcome:

Compliance and Risk Management

  • IT Audit Implications (When using Cloud-Based Systems)
  • Research Administration (Introduction to Uniform Guidance, F&A rates, etc.)
  • FASFA Updates
  • Ethics/Fraud

Leadership, Management, and Human Resources

  • Soft Skill Development and other Vital Skills for Business Officers (Conflict Resolution and Civility)
  • So You Don’t Want to Be a CFO? (Stories of Alternative Leadership Pathways)
  • Train the Trainer (Engagement Activities for Managers for Team Building)
  • Overcoming Generational Gaps in the Workplace
  • Mental Health
  • Managing Remote Workers Effectively
  • Alternative Staffing Ideas to Overcome Labor Shortages
  • Compensation and Equity – Salary and Non-Salary Incentives
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


  • Student Affordability and Impact on Retention
  • Failing to Succeed (what didn’t work – RCM, athletics, ERP implementation, etc.)
  • Consolidation of Community Colleges and/or Small Institutions
  • Outsourcing Services through the RFP Process
  • Collaborations Between the Business Office and Student Affairs
  • Lessons Learned from ERP Implementation
  • Shared Services
  • Student-Centric Services – One-Stop Shop to Help with Retention
  • Centralized vs. Decentralized (HR, IT, Finance, etc.) – The Good and Bad

Other Hot Topics in Higher Education

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Finance Office
  • Presentation Skills with Data Visualization
  • Higher Education 101
  • Post Federal Stimulus Funding – How to Keep These New Things Going and Maintain the ROI

Submission Guidelines

  • Sessions are 50 minutes in length, and some may be presented twice, back-to-back.
  • Accepted proposals will not be assigned a specific date and time until two months prior to the meeting. Presenters should be available to speak on any day of the meeting.
  • The proposal should be a brief one-paragraph summary of the presentation that will be used for the meeting program and should include two to three learning objectives.
  • Include all presenters that will take part in the presentation. Do not list co-presenters without definite commitment that they will be on the session. The co-presenter(s) must agree to all the terms and conditions for participation. There is a limit of four speakers per submission.
  • Each proposal must have at least one speaker from a SACUBO member institution. Any submission that does not include a presenter from a college or university will be considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Business Partner sessions are the only ones that do not require a college/university speaker.
  • Speakers must complete an agreement form to be confirmed for a session.
  • After sessions are chosen, speakers from colleges and universities will receive a discounted registration rate for the conference.
  • Speakers will not receive any royalties, honorarium, reimbursement of expenses, or other compensation from SACUBO in connection with the program, unless otherwise noted by SACUBO staff.
  • Business partners should contact Randy Ellis.

For more information, contact a member of the Professional Development Committee:

Jamie Loftin, Chair
Kelly Epting, Co-Chair
Brett Powell, Co-Chair
Bryan Elmore, Research Universities
Antrameka Knight, Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions
Kim Hadley, Small Institutions
Paige Childs, Community Colleges