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This year, two individuals received the Rising Star Award, which recognizes outstanding professionals with high potential to succeed as executives and business officers in higher education.

Lisa A. Frace - Arizona State University

Lisa A. Frace, the associate vice president for planning and budget and chief budgeting officer at Arizona State University, has led her office for 12 years and has been a key leader on major strategic projects including the acquisition of the Thunderbird School of Global Management.


Sara F. Thorndike - University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Sara F. Thorndike, associate vice chancellor for finance and controller at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, joined the institution in 2014 and has already redesigned the annual budget process and established a financial analytics department, among other initiatives.


Jeffrey M. Ratje - University of Arizona


Jennifer Chambers - Portland State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Melody S. Bianchetto - The University of Virginia
Jean Vock - University of Arizona, Eller College of Management


Danillo Castillo - Florida International University
Tom Richards - University of Missouri System


MaryKaye Bailey - College of Southern Nevada
Lynn Rehn - University of Maryland, Balitmore County


Mark McGurk - University of Arizona


Russ Hannah - Arkansas State University
James Matteo - University of Virginia