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May 2015

NACUBO Confirms Keynotes for 2015 Annual Meeting

Dan Heath, Candy Crowley, and Wes Moore are the general session speakers at the NACUBO 2015 Annual Meeting. This year’s conference, themed “The Tempo of Change,” is to be held July 18–21 in Nashville, and will feature roundtables, forums, and interactive sessions to focus on issues affecting the business office. These include planning and budgeting, technology, global operations, and student financial services, among many others. 

Dan Heath

Dan Heath. Senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE Center, Heath is also founder of the Change Academy, a program designed to help social sector leaders accelerate and scale their good works. Previously, Heath worked as a researcher and case writer for Harvard Business School. In addition, he is co-author of three New York Times bestsellers: Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive. He was named to the Thinkers 50, a ranking of the world’s most influential management consultants. During his session, on Sunday, July 19, Heath will draw on his expertise and research to show how leaders can affect transformational change. 


Candy Crowley

Candy Crowley.  An award-winning journalist and former chief political correspondent for CNN, Crowley keynotes the Monday, July 20, general session and will share insights on the current political environment, based on her insider knowledge of politics and access to the day’s top newsmakers. She’ll explain the trends and issues most likely to affect voters in the upcoming elections. During her tenure at CNN, Crowley was host of its Sunday morning talk show State of the Union with Candy Crowley, a political hour of interviews and analysis of the week’s most important issues. 

She has covered presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial elections, and legislative developments on Capitol Hill for more than two decades. In 2012, she was the first woman, since 1992, to moderate a presidential debate, when she led the general election debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney. 

Wes Moore

Wes Moore. Youth advocate and author, Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa as a commissioned officer from Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Moore was a paratrooper and captain in the United States Army, serving a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the elite First Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division in 2005–06. 

As a White House Fellow from 2006–07, he served as special assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Moore then became an investment professional in New York at Citigroup, focusing on global technology and alternative investments. 

On Tuesday, July 21, he will use the story about the two Wes Moores and their radically different destinies, as well as his vast professional experiences, to speak about his passion for supporting U.S. veterans, and examining the roles that education, mentoring, and public service play in the lives of American youth. 

Webcast: Tools for Evaluating Financial Aid Policy

With funding from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, NACUBO and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges launched the Looking Under the Hood Institutional Aid Metrics Project, in 2012. As a result of the project, funded by the Woodruff Foundation with additional support from The College Board, NACUBO and AGB have developed a Web-based tool with a set of institutional grant aid metrics and other measures of student financial aid. 

The new tool, described and demonstrated in the webcast “Looking Under the Hood: Using Web-based Tools for Evaluating Institutional Financial Aid Policy,” enables campus leaders to examine their current institutional aid allocations and to compare their data with that of self-selected sets of peer institutions.

The initiative grew in part because of the fact that expenditures for institutionally funded grant aid jumped 92 percent over the past decade, according to The College Board’s Trends in Student Aid report. This rapid growth has led to the need for new metrics to help chief business officers better understand how the rising levels of investment in institutional grants may affect their institutions’ financial health.  

This webcast, free to NACUBO members, provides an overview of current national trends in financial aid and details about the Looking Under the Hood tool. 

For further information, visit the Distance Learning page at 

HEAF Available Online

The online virtual platform for the 2015 Higher Education Accounting Forum will be available on May 13. The program offers the latest information on trends and best practices in financial accounting and reporting, managerial analysis, and leadership issues for all types of institutions. 

For this program, NACUBO is offering your entire team 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. No CPEs will be issued.

All online attendees will continue to have access to the content through April 1, 2016. For more information, visit  

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