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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 2014-15

  • Long-term budget development and aligning the budget with strategy
  • Academic and business benchmarking
  • Return on investment of a college education
  • The future of US higher education

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 2015-16

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

Alice Brekke
Vice President for Operations and Finance
University of North Dakota

Kathleen Byington
Chief Administrative and Financial Officer and Vice President
University of Maryland, Baltimore

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

Jennifer "J.J." Wagner Davis
Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
George Mason University

Lisa Douglas
Associate Vice Chancellor
University of Colorado Denver

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

Laura Hubbard
Vice President, Finance and Administration
State University of New York at Buffalo

MaryFrances McCourt
Vice President, CFO and Treasurer
Indiana University

Amir Rahnamay-Azar
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Carnegie Mellon University

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



Randy Roberson
Director, Member Engagement