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Research Universities Council

The Research Universities Council (RUC) is a standing council appointed by the NACUBO President in consultation with the regional associations. The Council is established to ensure that issues of specific concern to research-extensive universities are represented and addressed in the development of the association’s strategic goals and plans and in the creation of programs, products, and services for its members. The Research Universities Council serves as an advisory body to the President and staff by providing suggestions, feedback, and support for the association’s goals and activities as they pertain to the constituency.

Top issues 2013-14

  • Advocating that higher education is a public good
  • Clarifying the value of research universities for the public good
  • Driving change in shared governance environments
  • Simplifying fund accounting in research universities
  • Explaining why reserves are important to research universities
  • Effective enterprise risk management
  • Clarifying the CBO's role and participation in the research enterprise (both federally-funded and non-federally funded research)

Top Issues for 2020 and Beyond

  • Restructuring of higher education because of affordability and price considerations, fewer high school graduates, competition for international students, student debt, and increasing government regulation
  • Changing the research university business model
  • New delivery models will mean a repurposing of the physical plant and issues with space utilization
  • Ability to adapt quickly will in part be based on leadership preparation and turnover and changing governance

Council Members 2013-14

Cathy Wood (chair)
Vice President for Finance and Treasurer
The Catholic University of America

Mike Allred
Associate Vice Chancellor, Finance and Controller
University of California, Davis

Chris Cimino
Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Kelly L. Fox
Senior Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer
University of Colorado Boulder

Brandon Gilliland
Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller
Wake Forest University

Theresa Gordzica
Chief Business and Financial Planning Officer
University of Kansas

Elizabeth Huidekoper
Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration
Brown University

Rowan Miranda
Associate Vice President, Finance
University of Michigan

John F. Sideras
Senior Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Case Western Reserve University

Basil Stewart
Controller
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Craig Woody
Vice Chancellor, Business and Financial Affairs
University of Denver

Contact

Randy Roberson
Director, Constituent Programs
202.861.2584
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