President's Message

Susan Maddux

As we wind down this absolutely crazy academic year, I would like to thank you for your continued support of SACUBO and invite you to participate in our Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 18 at 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT. Primary representatives for SACUBO institutions will receive an email with meeting and join information. The membership will be asked to approve the operating budget, changes to the bylaws, and the slate of officers for 2021–22. We will also present the five-year strategic plan adopted by the board this spring.

Thanks to so many volunteers, it has been a very productive year in the virtual environment for SACUBO. It took a lot of hard work to change our typical in-person meetings to virtual meetings, and we truly appreciate all the participation of our members in the events we hosted throughout the year. Below is a quick recap of those efforts.

SACUBO hosted its first virtual conference in June 2020. With 213 registrants from 17 states, Moving Forward in the Midst of Uncertainty was a huge success. Sessions offered during the workshop provided relevant and timely information related to the ongoing pandemic. Attendees were able to earn up to 10 hours of CPE.

The Fall Workshop in November had 270 participants and offered up to 10 CPE hours. Vision’s Convene Conferencing Platform made the Workshop very user friendly and professional. We began the conference with our general session keynote speaker Michelle Gielan. Michelle, formerly an anchor of The CBS Morning News, has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success. She gave a great presentation focusing on resilience and optimism – a very timely topic in that we all face issues with the national pandemic. An accounting track and concurrent sessions rounded out the two-day event. The accounting track addressed GASB and FASB updates and issues for public and private institutions. Concurrent sessions, with topics including financial management, accreditation, ethics, etc., provided attendees with options. Attendees were highly engaged as evidenced by responses to the polling questions and general questions from the audience. Overall, the virtual Workshop was a great success.

The SACUBO Women’s Leadership Forum continues to be popular and was a sold-out event again this year. The virtual conference held on March 4–5 featured half-day sessions each day. This year’s theme was Leading at All Levels, and attendees heard from great women speakers from all levels within their career while earning up to 8 CPE hours. We strategically structured breakout discussion groups and added optional continuing engagement discussions to develop a virtual networking platform.

The SACUBO Annual Meeting will be held as a virtual conference on April 19–20, and I hope you are registered to attend. We will kick off the conference with a panel of four college presidents discussing lessons learned during the pandemic. Susan Whealler Johnston, President and CEO of NACUBO, will moderate this panel. Our second general session speaker will be David Epstein, a New York Times bestselling author, who will speak on why generalists triumph in a specialized world. In addition to the two general sessions, we are offering numerous concurrent sessions packed with information you will not want to miss. As part of our partnership with the Association of College and University Policy Administrators (ACUPA), an ACUPA session will be offered in each of the time slots. Attendees can earn up to 12 hours of CPE.

We have planned a variety of networking opportunities for Annual Meeting attendees including sponsor networking rooms, session speaker networking rooms, ad hoc topic networking rooms, and Wine 101: It’s a RED Talk, Not a TED Talk. As everyone has struggled with networking on a virtual platform, we are hopeful these opportunities will resonate with our members.

SACUBO is continuing its partnership with the University of Kentucky for the College Business Management Institute (CBMI). CBMI will be held on a virtual platform with a welcome and overview on July 25 and sessions on July 26-30. Participants will be able to earn up to 26 hours of CPE in this format.

The response to the monthly programs (SACUBO Conversations and Lunch & Learn sessions) continues to be limited. Although attendance numbers have been minimal, the discussions have been engaging.

I hope you find your membership valuable. We remain committed to delivering relevant professional development opportunities and providing information to help each of you run your organizations more effectively.

I look forward to seeing you online at the Annual Meeting and at the Annual Business Meeting.

With regards,

Susan Maddux

SACUBO President

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