President's Message

Wilma Phillips

Greetings on behalf of the SACUBO Board. I hope your year has been as fulfilling as ours. We want to say a special thank you to our members, volunteers, and business partners for your support during the past year, and we look forward to getting to know you better in the coming year. I would also like to say thank you to our SACUBO Board, especially to our outgoing President, Patrick Wamsley. Patrick’s leadership during the past year has moved SACUBO to a higher level in the areas of financial strength, governance, and strategic vision for the future of higher education.

SACUBO continues to be a leading resource for business officers in higher education for networking, CPE’s, and business model development for financial sustainability. The trend continued as over 650 attendees gathered in Fort Worth, Texas in early May for the 2018 Annual Meeting. The opening event provided an authentic Texas-style good time at Billy Bob’s located in the Stockyards National Historic District, an area previously home to cowboys, cattlemen, and outlaws, and now one of the most popular attractions in Texas. The event hosted exceptional general session speakers and a variety of concurrent sessions that provided valuable information with up to 17 hours of CPE credit available.

On Monday afternoon of the Annual Meeting, attendees were treated to a special keynote session featuring John Walda, NACUBO’s President and CEO. This was followed by a facilitated discussion with Walda plus two afternoon sessions geared specifically toward university board members and CEOs and focused on collaborative approaches to advocacy and business models for the future. As we know, business officers are challenged daily to justify higher education business models and to convey the value of higher education. SACUBO believes one of the most important ways we can meet this challenge is by partnering with university presidents, board members and institutional leadership to educate and persuade stakeholders. Watch our website for more information on future programs of this nature.

Special congratulations are in order to our own Mary Lou Merkt, recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. Mary Lou was instrumental in developing strategic plans for both SACUBO and NACUBO to improve and expand services to higher education business officers. She has been active in numerous other higher education organizations, and she has mentored many individuals, helping them to develop personally and professionally. Mary Lou’s investment in higher education cannot be overstated.

Overall, it has been an active and excellent year for SACUBO, and I would like to encourage you to mark your calendars to join us for more great events during the coming year.

Women’s Leadership Forum | February 27-March 1, 2019 | Hyatt Place/Historic District, Charleston, SC | Register Now

Annual Meeting | April 7-9, 2019 | Lake Buena Vista, FL | Registration Opens in December

We wish you all the best!


Wilma Phillips

SACUBO President