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The Power of Direct Engagement with Ithaca College's Gerald Hector

This week, our CBO brings his global finance experience to Ithaca College. Gerald Hector hails from Kingston, Jamaica, originally a college athlete, serving non-profits through his first corporate role at Deloitte & Touche. His experience there lifted his profile, leading to an invitation to join the higher education community. It’s a fascinating conversation this week as Hector shares his insights from a 13-year career as a business officer.

He believes that the pace of higher ed is not slow, rather purposeful, which leads to more deliberate debate in engaging students and changing lives. According to Hector, the role of the business officer has changed, broadening in scope and scale, and the skills required to navigate the role are many. Join us this week for a discussion around the key skills and experience required, but more importantly the willingness to engage directly with students to grow and evolve the community.

On My Desk Right Now

"Foundation and Endowment Investing," By Lawrence E. Kochard and Cathleen M. Ritterreiser. Also reading bond refinancing due diligence materials, and data analysis around a long-term financial strategic plan for the college.

What I do when I'm not at Work

Spend time with my wife and children, read, solve crossword puzzles, and play golf. Play golf. Play golf.

My Media Mix

Business Officer, University Business and Trusteeship, The Wall Street Journal, local and regional news.

If I weren't a CBO, I'd be

Professor, athletics coach or working in ministry.

Favorite Quote

I have many that I use, but one that pertains to me personally as a CBO/CFO is "As a financial leader you have to always have a healthy sense of paranoia." - William H. Gray III


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