President's Message

Susan Maddux

Happy New Year from SACUBO! On behalf of our board of directors, I wish you a prosperous and successful 2021. As we look forward to a new year, it is important to reflect on our association’s successes in 2020. Despite COVID-19, SACUBO and our members had a successful year and pivoted to take on the challenges presented with a national pandemic.

The Women’s Leadership Forum, held in early March in New Orleans, was SACUBO’s only in-person conference in 2020. This sold-out event was a resounding success and continued to build on the impressive legacy of this signature SACUBO program. Due to the coronavirus and related health concerns, the SACUBO Board made the decision to cancel the Annual Meeting scheduled to be held in San Antonio in May 2020. In June, SACUBO took advantage of the opportunity to provide members with a virtual conference experience by hosting our first virtual event Moving Forward in the Midst of Uncertainty. Programming was specifically geared toward higher education’s response to the challenges of the pandemic.

SACUBO continued to work to meet the changing needs of its members throughout the summer and fall of 2020. With no in-person events, the opportunities to collaborate and participate in conversations, learn from others, and share ideas became more challenging. To address this, SACUBO Conversations started in July and provide a regular opportunity for informal conversations via video conference. Lunch and Learn sessions started in August and provide relevant and timely information and tools to help members face issues specific to higher education. SACUBO hosted the Fall Workshop on a virtual platform in November. This well-attended Workshop offered concurrent sessions on a variety of topics along with an accounting track and opportunities to network. In addition, attendees heard from an exceptional general session speaker. Michelle Gielan, formerly an anchor on The CBS Morning News, has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success. She spoke to attendees on resilience and optimism – a very timely topic in that we all face issues and challenges related to the national pandemic.

As we look forward to 2021, plans are underway for the 6th annual Women’s Leadership Forum. This virtual conference will be held on March 4 – 5 with two half-day sessions. The theme this year is Leading at All Levels. The Forum will feature outstanding women speakers from all levels within their career and offer optional career counseling sessions and opportunities to engage in conversations with other attendees. Registration will be capped, so be sure to register early.

Thank you for your feedback to the member survey conducted in December. Due to on-going concerns related to COVID-19 and the feedback received, the decision has been made to move the 2021 Annual Meeting (originally scheduled to be held in Atlanta) to a virtual platform. Plan to join your colleagues on April 19 – 20 as this promises to be an excellent conference. Registration will open soon.

Be sure to check the website frequently for more information about both these events as well as other upcoming events.

SACUBO’s current five-year strategic plan goes through fiscal year 2021. Work is currently underway to identify goals and action plans for a new strategic plan that will take SACUBO into the next five years and position us to evolve, grow, and experience continued success in the future.

Best Wishes for a great year!

Susan Maddux

SACUBO President

The Year in Review