Greetings on behalf of the SACUBO Board of Directors! I am honored to serve as SACUBO’s President for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
As 2020 dawned, none of us could have imagined that we would be spending the last few months under stay-at-home orders, moving to remote learning and caring for loved ones getting sick, all while managing the ongoing challenges of a global pandemic and the monumental challenges it has created for our institutions. The pace of change has been disorienting with so many issues to tackle all at the same time. The pandemic has left us with many uncertainties, and we are watching as our world rapidly evolves into what might become the new normal. Through all of this, it has been comforting to be able to rely on a special resource: my colleagues at SACUBO and the tremendous work that NACUBO does for all members.
SACUBO typically hosts a Fall Workshop and a Women’s Leadership Forum in late February/early March. We want to be mindful that all our member institutions are facing significant revenue shortfalls, which have resulted in reduced travel and professional development budgets. In June, we will send to members an online survey to gauge your interest and ability to attend in-person conference sessions this year, if it determined that it is safe for SACUBO to host events. We will share more about our plans as we gain greater clarity around your interest and the ability to host events safely.
The role of the business officer has never been more important. SACUBO is here to support you as you navigate the uncharted waters that lie ahead. We will continue to work closely with NACUBO to support our advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. and ensure our members’ voices are heard on Capitol Hill.
It is my sincere hope we will all be together at some point soon in the coming year. In the meantime, please reach out to me or anyone on the SACUBO Board if you have any questions, and stay engaged with the website for member updates and resources.