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July/August 2014

Annual Meeting Sessions Available Online

Several sessions from the NACUBO 2014 Annual Meeting will be available online Monday, August 4, for you to access and view on your computer.

What’s even better is that the VIRTUAL: Annual Meeting is available to your entire team for one price. When one person on your campus registers at the full price, other staff can register for free. Each additional attendee must complete the online registration process to have full access to the event.

All VIRTUAL: Annual Meeting attendees will continue to have access to the content through Feb. 1, 2015.  This event is sponsored by Oracle.

Other NACUBO programs that are available online include:

These programs provide attendees with video-recorded sessions and presentation handouts. They’re ideal for those who have limited travel budgets, work in remote locations, or for those who simply want to be trained in a location of their choice and in shorter intervals.

For more information, visit  

CampusERC Web Site Redesigned

The Campus Environ-mental Resource Center (CampusERC) Web site, originally launched in 2007, has been redesigned to offer easier access to multiple parties from different interest groups in both the K–12 and higher education spheres.

Available at, the Web site is a library of resources that support campus environmental performance improvement. Developed collaboratively by NACUBO, C2E2, CSHEMA, APPA, and the EPA, its primary audience is staff, administrators, and faculty who are looking for resources to better understand environmental regulations, find relevant contacts, seek model practices, track news, or build and manage better environmental programs.

The redesign provides a clean, well-organized interface on a new platform that is easier to maintain and affords greater flexibility in the display of information. Users can now easily access the Web site on mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. CampusERC also offers several new documents, links, and other resources.

While the initial funding from EPA no longer exists, NACUBO will continue to sponsor updates to the site to share vital information.  

Plan for the Tax Forum

If you want to know the latest information on issues and best practices in higher education tax compliance and administration, then you don’t want to miss the 2014 Tax Forum to be held September 28–30 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. 

This year’s program offers sessions on the tax treatment of fringe benefits, information reporting, post-issuance bond compliance, state and local tax issues, deferred compensation, international tax compliance, dealing with student organizations, and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, to name a few. There are both general and concurrent sessions, including presentations specifically geared toward small institutions. Plenary sessions include an update on recent regulatory developments, and a legislative outlook, as well as a presentation on ethics. There will be plenty of networking opportunities throughout the event for participants to share their ideas and approaches for tackling tax administration and compliance on campus. 

For more information and registration, visit If you register for the 2014 Tax Forum, you will receive a $100 discount for the Global Operations Support and Compliance Forum, held immediately following the Tax Forum at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. 

Ronald L. Rhames Chosen to Lead NACUBO Board in 2014–15

Ronald L. Rhames, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Midlands Technical College (MTC), Columbia, South Carolina, becomes the 2014–15 chair of the NACUBO Board of Directors on August 1. He succeeds Mary L. Herrin, vice president for administration and finance, and chief financial officer, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.

In his current role at MTC, Rhames is responsible for the college’s physical plant operations, human resources, finance and accounting, auxiliary and support services, development, Harbison Theatre operations, internal auditing, and information technology. Rhames is second in command at MTC and is also responsible for staffing several committees of the institution’s board of trustees. 

Rhames, who has worked at MTC since 1990, previously served as vice president for fiscal affairs, Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. He also is a former banker. 

Rhames earned a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan; a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina; and an associate’s degree in management from Midlands Technical College. He is a graduate of SACUBO’s College Business Management Institute at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and is a Kellogg Fellow for Leadership in Community Colleges.

Rhames has been actively involved in both NACUBO and SACUBO; he has served on the NACUBO board since 2010 and as SACUBO board president from 2011 to 2012. He has also served as past president of the Community College Business Officers and the Government Finance Officers Association of South Carolina, and as past chair of South Carolina Technical College System’s Business Officers Peer Group. He currently serves on the board of Midlands Middle College, Columbia, South Carolina.

The NACUBO vice chair for 2014–15 is Gregg Goldman, senior associate dean for finance and administration, and chief financial officer, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Mary Lou Merkt, vice president for finance and administration, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, will serve as secretary.  

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