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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 2015-16

  1. Exploring the use of shared services for routine activities in order to focus on unique programs and services that differentiate the institution
  2. Educating the board and campus community about financial sustainability for the institution
  3. Maximizing campus space utilization and maintaining space well
  4. Managing an increasingly complex environment with limited human resources
  5. Managing program costs, from academics to athletics and auxiliaries
  6. Helping the most-struggling small institutions

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 - American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment; keeping current with energy sources

Council Members 2015-2016

Robert Keasler (Chair)
Vice President of Administration and Finance
Shenandoah University

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

Dean Calvo
Vice President for Business Affairs/Treasurer
Scripps College

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

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

Marc Mathews
Vice President Finance and Business
Transylvania University

Susan Palmer
Vice President for Finance and Administration
College of Saint Benedict

Beth Reissenweber
CFO/Vice President Finance/Administration
Augsburg College

Betty Roberts
Vice President for Finance and Administration
The College of New Rochelle

Tijuana Hudson
Vice President of Fiscal Affairs
Claflin University

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

Steve Schafer
Vice President for Finance and Operations
Sarah Lawrence College

Bill Scorse
Vice President for Administration and Chief Information Officer
Drury University


Maryann Terrana
Director, Member Engagement