Spotlight on Volunteers

      Gloria Arcia

      Executive Vice President and Chief
      Financial Officer
      University of the Ozarks

        Number of Years in Higher Education: 23+

Involvement with SACUBO: My involvement with SACUBO includes attending conferences and participating in committee work.

Working in Higher Education: What I like best about working in higher education is the continuous and diverse rewards it offers. Over my 23-year career, I have had the privilege of serving in various roles across both public and private faith-based institutions. The most rewarding aspect of this journey is the opportunity to witness the transformative impact of education on the lives of students. Whether I have been teaching, administrating, or supporting, the sense of fulfillment that comes from contributing to student’s growth and development is unparalleled. Additionally, higher education fosters an environment of intellectual exploration, innovation, and collaboration, which keeps me engaged and inspired year after year. This dynamic field allows me to adapt, learn, and make a meaningful difference in the lives of students, making every year in higher education a truly enriching experience.

When I am Not Working: I enjoy reading, painting, embroidering, baking, and spending time with my family.

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO: I volunteered with SACUBO because I believe in the importance of contributing to the higher education community and giving back. Serving with SACUBO has been an incredible enriching experience. I have gained a deeper understanding of financial and business operations with the higher education sector and have had the opportunity to network with like-minded professionals.

Through my involvement, I have learned about best practices, industry trends, and innovative solutions to common challenges. It has been an excellent platform to exchange knowledge and ideas with experts in the field.

Overall, volunteering with SACUBO has been a fantastic experience. I would strongly encourage others to get involved. It not only broadens your knowledge and professional network, but also allows you to actively contribute to the betterment of higher education. By volunteering, you become part of a community that is dedicated to advancing the sector and making a positive impact on students and institutions alike.



Lisa McClinton

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration
Winston-Salem State University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 15

Involvement with SACUBO: I have been attending SACUBO conferences for almost 10 years. I have had the opportunity to present at its conferences. In addition, I previously served on the Small Institutions Constituent Committee, and I am currently a member of the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee.

Working in Higher Education: I love serving and being able to have a positive impact on our students’ lives. There is nothing greater than seeing a student growth through their college years. 

When I am Not Working: I am traveling or running. I have a goal to run a half marathon. 

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO: I wanted to develop and expand my professional networks across higher education. SACUBO has been truly rewarding for me, and the relationships that I have gained from SACUBO have been remarkable.

I will encourage people to get involved. Do not be afraid to say hello to new people at conferences, it is the best way to start a conversation.


Sinthea Reynolds

Vice President of Finance and Operations
Cleveland State Community College

Number of Years in Higher Education: 12

Involvement with SACUBO: I have attended multiple SACUBO conferences throughout my higher ed career.  I am currently serving on the Community College Constituent Committee.

Working in Higher Education: What I like best about working in higher education is knowing I can be a part of the mission to increase the quality of life for our students.

When I am Not Working: As a new Lollie (grandparent), watching my granddaughter grow is my most favorite hobby. 

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO: The knowledge I have gained over the years because of SACUBO, plus my counterparts that I have met networking has become invaluable. Volunteering is my way of giving back to an organization that given so much to me.


Shahrooz Roohparvar

Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Austin Peay State University

Number of Years in Higher Education: 14 

Involvement with SACUBO: I attend conferences and am on the Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Constituent Committee.

Working in Higher Education: The students keep me up to date on the latest trends and slang.

When I am Not Working: I play with my kids, work on older cars, and do anything my wife asks me to do (maybe not the first time, but eventually...).

Decision to Volunteer with SACUBO: I have volunteered to give back to this amazing organization and give whatever help I can for the success of our peers. The experience so far has been amazing, and the entire committee has been very supportive and welcoming.

I would tell others to volunteer because we will never know what excellent or innovative idea you will bring to the conversation if you are not a part of it.


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