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March 2015

Environmental Leadership Video Series

Do you have questions about energy efficiency and sustainability for your campus? In NACUBO’s new on-demand video series, Expanding Financial Leadership: Facilities, Energy Efficiency, and Sustainability, participants will learn about key facilities and energy issues, and how to expand campus financial duties beyond the balance sheet.

In the most recent video—A Facilities Primer—Lander Medlin, executive vice president for APPA, highlights key topics that all finance and business officers should know about their facilities, such as performance measurement, a macro perspective on metrics, space myths, and other sustainability issues. This video also discusses the “Key Facilities Metrics” survey—a joint venture between NACUBO and APPA. Survey results assist campus leaders in identifying key elements to improve decision making as it relates to campus energy and water consumption, waste analysis, and an overall understanding of greenhouse gas emissions.  

Other videos in the series include:

Each 30-minute video, part of an initiative of NACUBO’s Sustainability Advisory Panel, is free to members. 

RESOURCE For more information, visit the On-Demand section of the Distance Learning page at 

James Hilton to Speak at HEAF

James Hilton

A national leader in technology issues around higher education, James Hilton is slated as a general session speaker at the 2015 Higher Education Accounting Forum (HEAF) to be held April 26–28 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco. 

Hilton’s session will be an informed and inspirational talk that uses real world examples to illustrate transformational efficiencies that could save the industry immeasurable amounts. Digital innovation efforts are bringing together colleges and universities, libraries, museums, and more in a connected way that extends technology, applications, and content—and results indicate immense possibilities.

Hilton, dean of libraries and vice provost for digital education and innovation at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, began his career as a faculty member in UM’s department of psychology. During his tenure, he was three-time recipient of the Excellence in Education Award, served as the chair of undergraduate studies between 1991–2000, and was awarded the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award. He also served as special assistant to the provost for media rights; associate provost for academic, information, and instructional technology affairs; and interim university librarian. From 2006–13, he was vice president and chief information officer at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. 

Throughout his career, Hilton has led, championed, and fostered technology initiatives that cross boundaries between institutions, and between academic and information technology units. 

He was a co-founder of the Sakai project, a collaborative effort to create open software that advances teaching, learning, and research; provided crucial support to multi-institutional efforts including Internet2 NET+ and DuraSpace; and led the creation of the Digital Preservation Network (DPN) to develop a collective ecosystem to protect the scholarly record. Hilton also helped spearhead the development and launch of the Unizin Consortium, a partnership of universities that is empowering participating institutions to exert greater control over the infrastructure, content, and data that both drive and emerge from the expanding digital learning landscape.

Hilton has published extensively in the areas of information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes, and the psychology of suspicion. He serves on many boards, including those of Internet2, DuraSpace, DPN, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors. 

HEAF, designed for advanced-level accounting professionals, will also feature a keynote session by biological anthropologist Helen Fisher as part of the NACUBO leadership series. (See interview with Fisher, “Genetics Rule,” in the  February 2015 Business Officer.)

To register or for more information, visit or call 800.462.4916. 

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