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Updated 10/31/2023

The NACUBO Fellows Program is an intensive one-year professional development opportunity for high-potential business and finance officers who hope to be chief business officers (CBOs) in their next role. Since the program launched in 2016, more than 50 percent of Fellows alumni have advanced in their careers, including more than 20 alumni who have achieved their goal of becoming a CBO. Some have even held multiple CBO positions already!

NACUBO is pleased to congratulate the following Fellows graduates who are now CBOs:

  • Dawn Alston, 2016-17 Fellow – Spelman College chief financial officer and vice president for business and financial affairs
    Past assistant vice president for business and financial affairs

  • Eric Barger, 2020-21 Fellow – University of Portland vice president for financial affairs 
    Past interim vice president for financial affairs

  • Denise Brown-Cornelius, 2020-21 Fellow – Bellarmine University vice president for finance and administration
    Past assistant vice president for business affairs

  • Lenora Chapman, 2019-20 Fellow – Southwestern University vice president for finance and administration
    Past Sam Houston State University associate vice president for finance and operations

  • Jean Cibuzar, 2017-18 Fellow – American Association of State Colleges and Universities vice president of administration and finance
    Past Gallaudet University executive director, finance

  • John C. Coppola, 2019-20 Fellow – Loyola University Maryland vice president for finance and administration/treasurer
    Past associate vice president for finance

  • Lucien Costley, 2021-22 Fellow – Schreiner University vice president, planning and finance/chief financial officer
    Past interim vice president for administration and finance

  • Oscar Cristancho Mercado, 2022-23 Fellow – Valencia College chief financial officer
    Past assistant vice president, budget and analysis

  • Terence Finley, 2017-18 Fellow – Harris-Stowe State University vice president and chief financial officer
    Past Prairie View A&M University assistant vice president for business services

  • David Franklin, 2018-19 Fellow – University of the District of Columbia chief operating officer
    Past deputy chief operating officer and managing director of finance

  • R. Scott Frew, 2017-18 Fellow – Dartmouth University chief financial officer
    Past assistant vice president for finance and treasury management

  • Debra Glenn, 2021-22 Fellow – Westminster College vice president of finance and administration and CFO
    Past Salt Lake Community College assistant vice president and controller

  • Ginny Gomez-Leon, 2018-19 Fellow – University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio vice president and chief financial officer
    Past associate vice president for budget and planning

  • Lori Herrick, 2021-22 Fellow – Abilene Christian University chief financial officer
    Past associate vice president of finance

  • Stephen Hietsch, 2017-18 Fellow – St. Lawrence University vice president for finance and administration
    Past Dickinson College associate vice president, auxiliary services and budget management

  • Jason Hornberger, 2020-21 Fellow – University of Kansas vice provost for finance
    Past senior associate vice provost for finance 

  • Tonya Jackson, 2022-23 Fellow – South Texas College of Law Houston vice president, finance and administration, chief financial officer
    Past Florida A&M University assistant vice president for finance and university controller

  • Rich Kelley, 2019-20 Fellow – Regis College vice president for finance and business, chief financial officer
    Past University of New England associate vice president for finance

  • Ward Logan, 2018-19 Fellow – Christian Theological Seminary vice president of finance and operations
    Past The Citadel – The Military College of South Carolina associate vice president for finance and deputy CFO 

  • Stephen Mackey, 2020-21 Fellow – Oakland University vice president for finance and administration and treasurer
    Past California State University, Monterey Bay associate vice president for finance

  • Michael Mueller, 2020-21 Fellow, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley executive vice president for finance and business affairs and chief financial officer
    Past senior associate vice president for finance planning and resource development

  • Preethi Saint, 2022-23 Fellow – The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina chief financial officer/vice president – finance and business
    Past associate vice president for finance and business

  • Richard Sears, 2016-17 Fellow – Columbus State University vice president, business and finance
    Past interim vice president, business and finance and University of West Georgia, assistant vice president for finance

  • Beverly Shuford, 2016-17 Fellow – University College of the Cayman Islands vice president, business and finance
    Past University of Alaska Anchorage vice chancellor for administrative services

  • Damien Sinnott, 2022-23 Fellow – Washington State University Tri-Cities vice chancellor of finance and administration
    Past interim vice chancellor of finance and administration

  • Sara Thorndike, 2017-18 Fellow – Pennsylvania State University senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer
    Past East Carolina University vice chancellor, administration and finance
     

     

Each year, the NACUBO Fellows Program connects aspiring CBOs to higher education senior leaders and helps them build upon their leadership skills and the core competencies needed for high performance. The application period for the 2023-24 period is now closed, but applications for the following year will be accepted in the fall. More information on the program is available here.

Contact

Randy Roberson

Vice President, Leadership Development

202.861.2584


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