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Small Institutions Council

The Small Institutions Council 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 small colleges, minority institutions, and independent schools 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 Small Institutions 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

  • Solvency and budget shortfalls
  • Liberal arts curriculum versus market drive for outcomes
  • Discount rates and net tuition revenue
  • Aging facilities
  • Viability and new economic business models
  • Implementing a new academic business model, including concerns about faculty workload and capacity
  • Developing alternate revenue streams

Top Issues for 2020 and Beyond

  • Managing the endowment; adjusting the spending policy and identifying alternative sources of revenue (e.g., differential pricing, offering online and blended learning); maintaining affordability; attention to price and student debt
  • Accountability - Compliance with government relations; enterprise risk management
  • Infrastructure -  Ongoing facilities arms race; maintaining the campus in peak condition
  • Human resources - Issues related to an aging workforce; anticipating turnover; managing staff expectations; affording employee healthcare
  • Sustainability - keeping the Carbon Commitment (formerly, the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment); keeping current with energy sources

Council Members 2017-2018

Stephen Schafer
Vice President for Finance and Operations
Sarah Lawrence College

Brad Baca
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Western State Colorado University

David English
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Finance & Management
Denison University

Tijuana Hudson
Vice President of Fiscal Affairs
Claflin University

Clair Knapp
Chief Business Officer and Vice President for Finance
Manchester University

Gary Logan
Vice President for Finance and Administration
Trinity University (TX)

Sherry Mondou
Vice President for Finance and Administration
University of Puget Sound

Chip Prescott
Vice President of Finance and General Counsel
Wilkes University

Henry Roth
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Notre Dame de Namur University

Margaret Tungseth
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Hamline University

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings
Vice President for Business Affairs
Otterbein College


Ankur Ponda
Director, Member Engagement