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Business Officer Magazine

Orienting Newcomers

From as far away as Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands—more than 7,000 miles away—to as close-by as Franklin, Indiana, 30 new business officers came to Indianapolis for NACUBO's New Business Officers (NBO) Program, an intense two-day workshop preceding the annual meeting. Nearly half of the attendees were new to the field of higher education, while the next-largest group came from another business or industry.

The NBO Program was just one component of the NACUBO 2013 Annual Meeting designed to help participants new to the meeting or new to the field of higher education. At the First-Timers' Breakfast on Sunday morning, experienced business officer volunteers helped more than 200 first-time annual meeting attendees learn how to make the most of their time by sharing networking tips, "insider knowledge," and resources available at the meeting. 

Later that afternoon, business partners new to the field of higher education attended a session designed exclusively for them that focused on the culture of colleges and universities. A panel of seasoned business officers and business partners compared the academic and business cultures, and explained the collaborative decision-making process employed at many higher education institutions. 

Finally, on Tuesday, attendees made their way to a lunchtime session, "What Is This Thing Called Higher Education?" Aimed at administrators who have worked in the sector for less than five years, the session covered higher education culture, the complexities of administration in a college or university setting, and tips for success.

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