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Kara D. Freeman

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) is pleased to announce Kara D. Freeman, a strategic leader with extensive national higher education experience, as its next president and chief executive officer, effective June 1. She will be the first African American woman to serve in this role.

Freeman brings more than three decades of experience to NACUBO and is joining from the American Council on Education (ACE), where she has worked since 2006. She most recently served as senior vice president and chief operating officer (COO), with the responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the administrative and operational areas of the organization. She previously was ACE’s vice president of administration and chief information officer.

As an executive leader at ACE, Freeman’s portfolio included providing strategic thought leadership on organization-wide initiatives, representing ACE with constituency groups such as the ACE Women’s Network, and playing a leading role in ACE’s efforts to share advocacy information with presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and an MBA from The George Washington University. She also holds a Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives.

Messages from the President

  • What FAFSA Delays Mean for the Business Office: January 24, 2024
  • Amplifying Our Voices: A Chat with NACUBO President and CEO Kara D. Freeman: September 18, 2023
  • Help Maui: August 28, 2023 
  • Reflections on the NACUBO 2023 Annual Meeting: July 25, 2023
  • Kara Freeman's First Three Weeks at NACUBO: June 25, 2023
  • NACUBO Comment Letter to ED: Business Office Impacts of NPRM Addressing Financial Value Transparency, Gainful Employment, and Other Topics: June 20, 2023

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