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February 2018

NACUBO Annual Meeting Main Stage Speakers Announced

This year’s annual meeting—themed “Anchored in Culture, Ingenuity, and Pride”—is slated for Long Beach, Calif., July 21–24. Located at the Long Beach Convention Center, the conference will bring together the forces of strong traditions and innovation to inspire imagination and professional growth.

Attendees will be able to choose from a variety of educational learning experiences that include thought-provoking general session speakers; engaging and interactive concurrent sessions; and opportunities to network, connect, and share.

As NACUBO continues its work to motivate business officers to use creativity to inspire change and support institutional goals, this year’s main stage speakers will share how creativity and innovation inspired their careers, and what business officers can do to build relationships, encourage partnerships, and become agents of change in higher education.


On Sunday, July 22, attendees will hear from Matthew Luhn, one of the original story creators at Pixar Animation Studios, who has more than 20 years of experience working on films, TV shows, and video games. Luhn, who helped build the creative culture at Pixar, will share stories about how to connect communities with customers. He will emphasize the importance of cultivating a culture that encourages creativity and nurtures new ideas, while embracing fear and failing as necessary parts of the process. Luhn will empower attendees to take their own stories from idea to script to finished product.



Addressing the conference on Monday, July 23, is W. Kamau Bell, a comedian, political satirist, and host of CNN’s docuseries “United Shades of America.” As host of the CNN program, Bell travels the country offering viewers a rare yet eye-opening look inside the various subcultures of American life.

With a post-modern perspective, Bell brings audiences provocative insights, as well as commentary on everything from race relations to cultural divides. Previously, he created a thought-provoking one-man show titled “The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour,” and he hosted the FX network comedy series “Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell.” Outside of his work with CNN, Bell also hosts the podcasts “Denzel Washington Is the Greatest Actor of All Time Period” and “Politically Reactive.”

Bell will provide attendees with a hopeful understanding of this country’s challenges, and give takeaways on humanity and social change.


On Tuesday, July 24, Jane Fonda—actress and author—will close out the annual meeting at the final main stage. A frequent speaker on youth development, women’s issues, and embracing the longevity revolution, Fonda has published her memoir, titled My Life So Far (Random House, 2005), a New York Times bestseller. Since then, she’s published Prime Time (Random House, 2011), a comprehensive guide to living life to the fullest, particularly beyond middle age; and Being a Teen (Random House, 2014), an all-encompassing guide to adolescence.

Fonda’s work outside of acting and writing focuses heavily on activism and social change. She is the founder of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, as well as the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at Emory University School of Medicine. She also serves on the boards for Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations; the Women’s Media Center, which she co-founded in 2004; and V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

For more information about the annual meeting and to register, visit Early discount rates will increase after March 31.

Previously Recorded Webcasts Available On-Demand

NACUBO’s distance learning programs offer members ongoing learning opportunities, with many recordings remaining available for up to one year after their original air date. The following on-demand webcasts are currently available.

Listeners heard about the importance of developing financial plans and governance structures that align with the strategic and financial objectives of the merger. Speakers also shared their perspectives on lessons learned and the complications they conquered.

To view these recordings and others, visit and click the “Distance Learning” tab.

NACUBO’s E-Learning is supported by: Crowe.

Share Your Expertise at the Fall Workshop

Advance the conversation and gain visibility for the work that you’re doing by submitting a proposal to present content to the NACUBO audience.

We are seeking compelling presentations that offer in-depth and practical treatment of current issues facing colleges and universities at the 2018 Planning and Budgeting Forum, taking place September 23–25 in Louisville, Ky.

We invite you to propose a sessionthat is relevant, innovative, and useful. Share your approach, knowledge, and experience, focusing on strategies and tactics that will resonate with a higher education audience.

Take advantage of this important opportunity to advance the conversation, network with administrative colleagues, and highlight best practices.

For more details, including topics of particular interest and submission guidelines, visit and click “Submit Content,” under the “About NACUBO” tab.

Award Nominations Open

Each year NACUBO recognizes individual and institutional excellence and achievement through its awards program. NACUBO Awards were established to:

Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:

Individual and institutional winners will be honored among their peers at an awards ceremony to take place during the NACUBO 2018 Annual Meeting in Long Beach, Calif. For information about the awards criteria and to submit a nomination, visit and click on “NACUBO Awards” under the “Membership and Community” tab. Nominations will close on March 9.

New Webcasts to Address Analytics, Cybersecurity

The University of Texas System has developed a dynamic tool that “predicts” student enrollment by using admissions, demographic, and financial aid data. The result: optimizing return on investment and potentially increasing net tuition revenue through increasing retention rates. Attendees of the March 7 webcast, Analytics to Predict Student Enrollment, Retention and Success, will learn how this statistically based, predictive analytics model predicts matriculation, maximizes return on financial aid resources, and increases retention.

Later in the month, March 22,attendees of the webcast Cybersecurity: A Primer for Higher Education Leadership, will hear from experts at Grant Thornton and Long Island University, N.Y., who will inform attendees on various methods to tackle the seemingly insurmountable task of actively identifying and managing their cybersecurity risks.

Considering the recent rise of high-profile data breaches, cyberthreats, and related vulnerabilities across many industries, cybersecurity has become increasingly important to the operations, reputation, and even the very mission of higher education institutions. Attendees will explore the National Institute of Standards and Technology framework and learn how it can be used to assess current capabilities, and to develop a road map toward improved cybersecurity practices.

To register for these upcoming webcasts, visit and click the “Distance Learning” tab.

NACUBO’s E-Learning is supported by: Crowe.


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