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 The NACUBO Distinguished Business Officer Award is the association’s highest recognition for individual achievement and acknowledges, honors and celebrates exemplary leaders whose life-long work has had significant positive impact on advancing business and finance administration in higher education.  



Gerald Whittington

Gerald O. Whittington - Elon University

Gerald is the senior vice president, business, technology, and finance at Elon University (NC), where in more than 26 years with the institution, he has directed growth in the annual operating budget from $38 million to more than $260 million; the endowment from $18 million to $257 million; the campus plant from 690,000 square feet of space to more than 3 million square feet; and the total student enrollment from 3,200 to nearly 7,000. Whittington mentors new chief business officers and has served on the NACUBO Comprehensive and Doctoral Institutions Council, among other volunteer efforts.


Morgan Olsen - Arizona State University

Morgan is the executive vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer at Arizona State University where he oversees the finances and administration of a $3 billion enterprise. Olsen joined the institution in 2008 and successfully navigated a sharp decrease in state funding amid enrollment increases by merging and reorganizing schools and departments. A past NACUBO board chair, Olsen also has a long record of service to the association and regional affiliates WACUBO and CACUBO.



Stephen P. Hannabury - Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Stephen is the executive vice president of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, received NACUBO’s most prestigious honor, the Distinguished Business Officer Award, for his outstanding contributions to business and financial management in higher education. In 1999, Hannabury was the fourth employee hired at Olin, where he built its financial, administrative, and operational systems and oversaw the purchase and construction of the campus. He has continued to make impressive contributions there and to the higher education industry ever since.


Jairy C. Hunter Jr. - Charleston Southern University
Joanne Yestramski - University of Massachusetts Lowell


John D. Patterson - Pittsburg State University


Edward M. DesPlas - Dallas County Community College District
Robert Huth - Stetson University


Fred A. Rogers - Carleton College
Benjamin F. Quillian - California State University


Ed O. McFarlane - Reed College
James R. Tucker - Drexel University


Richard K. Smith - Earlham College
Karen Van Derhoof - County College of Morris


Natalie "Nikki" Krawitz - University of Missouri System